Garden Valley School Division
The Early Development Instrument - Single Year Report -
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. EDI results are never used for the individual evaluation of students.
The EDI measures child development across 5 domains (areas) which provide a comprehensive picture of children’s developmental status. The 5 domains are further divided into 16 sub-domains that reflect various skills and abilities of children.
Healthy Child Manitoba produces four different levels of Early Development Instrument reports: school, school division, community and provincial. These reports show EDI results over cumulative years, and are available on the Healthy Child Manitoba website (with the exception of the individual school-level reports which are under the discretion of each school division). Please visit: www.manitoba.ca/healthychild/edi
The Offord Centre for Child Studies (OCCS) owns the EDI, licenses its use, and maintains a repository of results to monitor national and international norms. The OCCS produces school and school division EDI reports for Manitoba using HCMO’s report templates. Both these reports show EDI results for a single year, and are under the discretion of each school division. For more information on the Offord Centre for Child Studies and the EDI visit: www.offordcentre.com/readiness/index.html