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The development of Cognitive and Executive Functioning through play

JET Education Services recently conducted research using ELOM data on the development of executive functioning, which is one of the most significant and earliest predictors of future academic success. We ...
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The Afrikaanse Taal- en Kultuurvereniging (ATKV) wanted to demonstrate the impact of their AbbAsorg early learning programme, but they weren’t sure how to, until they came across the Early Learning ...
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The Early Learning Positive Deviance Initiative

The development and widespread use of the Early Learning Measurement (ELOM) suite of tools, has allowed us access to a large, nationally representative, and continuously growing preschool child dataset in ...
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How Blocks4Growth uses the ELOM tools to target support in rural areas

In rural areas children face even more barriers to accessing quality early education. Learn how the Knysna Education Trust, through the Blocks4Growth programme, and assisted by the ELOM tools, is ...
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Learn how Thanda, a pioneering community organisation in rural KwaZulu-Natal, uses the ELOM tools to measure the impact of their early childhood development programme and use data to drive change. ...
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ELOM tools to make the fair and accurate assessment of deaf children in SA possible

The ELOM tools will make it possible for the first time in South Africa to accurately evaluate deaf children’s developmental progress and needs in all domains at point of school ...
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There are exciting opportunities in the data supply chain, from the design of research to data collection, analysis, report writing and communications. Find out about opportunities here.


National reading campaign, Nal’ibali, is looking for a service provider to conduct a Story Material Suitability Evaluation targeted to beneficiaries. These include teachers, ECD practitioners, parents, reading club leaders, NGO partners and children. The evaluation should include suitability of delivery platforms and content for children aged 1-10, broadly divided into ECD phase, foundation phase and intermediate phase. The target audience should be sourced from diverse disadvantaged communities.

Full details of the opportunity including contact details are available for download here. Closing date for submissions is 27 January 2023. 


We have several projects lined up over the next few months and are looking for ELOM assessors to assist with data collection.

If you are an accredited ELOM assessor and are available to do assessments over the next few months, please let us know and we will connect you to opportunities.



Assessor recruits (for ELOM direct assessments) are normally drawn from the ECD sector.

To be considered for this training, nominated candidates are screened according to the following criteria:

  • An ECD or Foundation Phase qualification would be an advantage, but at least a Level 4 ECD qualification or equivalent
  • At least 2 years’ experience working directly with children between the ages of 4 and 7 years
  • Good attention to detail and diligence
  • Not flustered when dealing with a number of processes at one time
  • Excellent quality of relationships with young children
  • Openness to learning and to constructive criticism
  • Reads, speaks and understands English
  • Reads, speaks and understands the home language/s of children who will be assessed. 
  • Experience with an android device is critical as the ELOM is administered and scored on these devices.

The training includes theory and the opportunity to administer the instrument with at least three children under the supervision and guidance of an expert assessor and scoring practice.  

At the end of the 4 or 5-day training, assessors need to demonstrate their ability to:

a. Administer the ELOM accurately following all protocols and procedures
b. Form a warm encouraging relationship with the child they are assessing
c. Score consistently with an expert senior assessor.

For more information on training dates and costs, please email