STEPS Eye Testing – Kindergarten
The State-wide Eyesight Preschooler Screening (StEPS) program is an initiative of NSW Kids and Families and offers all 4 year old children a free vision screening assessment.
Each year they also offer a catch up screening for Kindergarten children who may have missed a vision screening at preschool or did not attend preschool prior to commencing school. Vision can change as a child grows so we encourage all parents to take advantage of the free service while it is available. If your child has already been screened, you do not need to be screened again. If you are unsure as to whether your child has been previously screened, you may call our office to confirm.
Your child’s vision will be screened one eye at a time and no drops will be used.
The StEPS program is for screening purposes only. Screening tests, checks and examinations may not always be accurate and sometimes a screening may cause a false alarm or miss a problem. Occasionally a new problem may occur after a child has had their vision screened. For this reason, if you have concerns about your child’s eyes, either now or at any time in the future, please have your child’s eyes fully tested by an eye health professional.
All parents/carers of children who have their vision screened through the StEPS program will be informed of the results of their child’s vision screening assessment.
Should a vision problem be detected parents/carers will receive a letter asking them to have their child’s vision fully tested by an eye health professional.
Please complete and sign the consent form, which is available from the office, and return it to your school as soon as possible so that a trained vision screener can test your child’s eyes.
NSW Kids and Families are committed to treating all personal information in accordance with privacy law. The Leaflet enclosed explains how and why Sydney Children’s Hospital Network needs to collect personal information about you and your child, how you can access this information, how the information will be used within the Local Health Network or disclosed to other parties.
Thank you for your participation in the StEPS program.
If you have any questions regarding the StEPS program, please contact the StEPS Office on (02) 9382 0277.