What is the Early Development Instrument?
The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a questionnaire developed by Dr. Dan Offord and Dr. Magdalena Janus at the Offord Centre for Child Studies at McMaster University.
The questionnaire has 103 questions and measures five core areas of early child development that are known to be good predictors of adult health, education and social outcomes:
Physical Health & Well-Being
Sample EDI questions: Can the child hold a pencil, pen or crayons? Is the child on time for school each day?
Language & Cognitive Development
Sample EDI questions: Is the child interested in reading and writing? Can the child count and recognize numbers?
Sample EDI questions: Does the child share with others? Is the child self-confident? Will he/she invite bystanders to join in a game?
Sample EDI questions: Is the child able to concentrate? Is the child aggressive or angry? Is the child impulsive (does he/she act without thinking)?
Communication Skills & General Knowledge
Sample EDI questions: Can the child tell a short story? Can the child communicate with adults and children?
EDI questionnaires are completed by kindergarten teachers from across British Columbia for all children in their classes. They are filled out in February, after teachers have had the chance to get to know their students. This ensures that teachers are able to answer the questions knowledgeably.
EDI Parent Letters
EDI: An Aboriginal Perspective
Rocky Mountain School District EDI Reports and Community Profiles
District Early Learning Contact
Director of Instruction, Learning Support Services
School District No. 6 (Rocky Mountain)
P.O. Box 430, Invermere, BC V0A 1K0