Language evaluation is a tool that the educational personnel can use in the educational work with children’s language development.
All children who are approximately three years old and attend a day-care facility must receive a language evaluation if there are linguistic, behavioural or other conditions that give rise to presuming that the child may need language stimulation.
All children who are approximately three years old who do not attend a day-care facility must receive a language evaluation. On the basis of the language evaluation, it will be assessed whether the child needs language stimulation.
The municipality's responsibility
The municipality may decide that the language evaluation is to be brought forward to children who are about two years old. If the municipality has brought the language evaluation forward, the municipality is not obligated to carry out a language evaluation of the child again when the child is around three years old.
The municipality is responsible for ensuring that children receive the language stimulation they need. Language stimulation must, among other things, be based on the challenges and resources that are identified in the language evaluation.
Danish-speaking children who do not attend a day-care facility and who need language stimulation must receive language stimulation, for example, within the physical framework of a day-care facility. Bilingual children who do not attend a day-care facility and who need language stimulation must be admitted to a language stimulation offer in the form of a day-care facility 30 hours a week. Bilingual children are defined as children who have a mother tongue other than Danish and who did not learn Danish until they were in contact with the surrounding environment.
Parents of children who are to receive a language evaluation and, possibly, receive language stimulation are obligated to have their children participate in the language evaluation and, possibly, language stimulation or in a language stimulation that corresponds to what is generally required of the language stimulation that the municipality offers, which, for example, the parents can carry out themselves.
The municipality must make a decision on stopping child benefits, cf. the Act on Child and Youth Benefits if the parents do not comply with their obligation and the lack of compliance is not due to excusable circumstances.