The first 5 years of a child’s life have a direct and lasting impact on their future health, well-being and developmental health. Research tells us that children with optimal developmental health status at school entry, who begin school ready to learn are more likely to continue having successful learning experiences. Conversely, children who do not have the skills necessary for successful experience at school are more likely to demonstrate poor school performance in later years. It is more difficult to reverse this pathway of vulnerability than to ensure that all children start school with optimal developmental skills.
The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a questionnaire used to assess the school readiness and the underlying developmental health of children in Kindergarten. The EDI is completed by teachers for each child in their classrooms. The results are aggregated to report on populations of children in different communities, assess strengths and needs and predict how children - at a group level - will do in school.
To view the reports on Early Development Instrument results for Garden Valley School Division, click on the below links: