High quality preschool assessment tools, designed for affordable use at scale. Read more about the ELOM user journey if your organisation is interested in using the tools. 


The Early Learning Measurement (ELOM) tools accurately measure a range of developmental outcomesThese include for example the child’s ability to understand basic maths concepts, to use language and to solve age appropriate problems in young children, and provide an indication of the quality of the early learning environment in home and programme settings. Locally developed in South Africa, the tools are user-friendly, fairThe fairness of a test is demonstrated when individuals of the same ability but from different groups (e.g. cultures or languages) have the same chance of succeeding on the test. They are not disadvantaged by the test procedure or the items due to their background. An example would be that the images used to test a child’s vocabulary may be unfamiliar to children from some backgrounds resulting in a poor score that does not represent their knowledge of words. Fairness is investigated using a statistical technique known as Differential Item Functioning (DIF) and affordable. They have been tested with thousands of children and are psychometrically A psychometrically valid test has been assessed to establish its reliability, validity and fairness. Statistical procedures are undertaken to establish these qualities valid and standardised A standardised test is administered and scored in a consistent manner for all those who are assessed. A test Manual is used for this purpose. Scores are standardised and placed on the same scale. This makes it possible to compare the relative performance of individuals and groups (e.g. children of the same age). We can therefore ask where a group of children’s scores lie relative to others on the standard score distribution. For example, are they performing as well as the top 10% of children of the same age, or does their performance match that of less able children? The tools take into account diverse socio-economic backgrounds and are available in all 11 official South African languages.

There are currently six tools in the ELOM suite.

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Meet our
agents for change
Brinthia Dawood is a trained ELOM assessor who has collected data in two research studies, including the largest survey of preschool child outcomes ever attempted in South Africa - the Thrive by Five Index 2021.
Meet our
agents for change
Papama Mateza was one of the first trained ELOM assessors in South Africa and remains a dedicated advocate for equal early learning opportunities for all children.
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