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Community School Readiness Snapshot - Results of the Early Development Instrument (EDI) Children in the Town of Bracebridge Community NOTE: Does not include SK children that attended First Nation / private schools. Physical Health and Well- Did you know… Children in the “Struggling” Being category had a score at or below the Ontario 25 th percentile cut-off (25th Percentile means - all Just over one quarter of the scores in Ontario are organized lowest to children in Bracebridge were highest and the score at the 25th percent mark of not ready for the grade 1 the sample is identified). Similarly, the curriculum in this domain “advanced” category is children with a score at while one third were or above the Ontario 75th percentile cut off. “Average” is every score in between. advanced. Typically, if 25% of more of the SK children in this community are “struggling” in a particular Social Competence domain, a further analysis of that domain (sub- While the majority of the domain analysis) can identify specific areas of Bracebridge area children development or skills that these SK children were ready for grade 1 in haven’t fully developed. These children are considered “not prepared” for the formal grade this domain, 27% of the 1 curriculum in that particular developmental children were not ready. area (See back for description of sub-domains). About the EDI … The Ministry of Children & Youth Emotional Maturity Services (through the Ontario Early Approximately one third of Years Centres) funded supply time for the children were identified all local kindergarten teachers to as either struggling or complete the 8 page EDI survey for advanced in their emotional each student in SK in the winter of maturity skills in Bracebridge 2006 (2005 or 06 for Muskoka). by grade 1. Developed by researchers from the Offord Centre of Children’s Studies, Language & Cognitive McMaster University, the purpose of Development the EDI is to measure how prepared A majority of children in children are for the formal Grade 1 Bracebridage were identified curriculum. This community snapshot as average in Language and report of the EDI is for the Parry Sound Cognitive development, / Muskoka Ontario Early Years and while a quarter were other local agencies to improve struggling. community services for children before they reach school. Communication and Observations about the Bracebridge General Knowledge EDI results ~ Many of the children in Bracebridge were ready or On average, approximately one advanced for the grade 1 quarter of the children from the curriculum in this domain. Bracebridge area were identified as “struggling” in each domain area. EDI Domains of Readiness for Grade 1 Physical Domains of Health & Language & Communication Readiness Well - Social Emotional Cognitive & General Being Competence Maturity Development Knowledge Readiness to explore new things Pro-social / Helping Behaviours Interest in Literacy / Numeracy Physical Readiness for School Anxious & Fearful Behaviour Independence & Adjustment Hyperactivity & Inattention Overall Social Competence Communication & General Gross & Fine Motor Skills Respect & Responsibility Physical Independence Aggressive Behaviour Approach to Learning Advanced Literacy Basic Numeracy Basic Literacy and Memory Knowledge Sub-domains A Closer Look at Bracebridge’s Specific Strengths and Weaknesses… SK students from Bracebridge, on average, were as prepared for school as their Ontario cohorts in all domains of formal school curriculum readiness. In particular, on average, children were able to demonstrate Although children from Bracebridge are typically ready for the grade 1 curriculum, the Emotional Maturity domain is the one domain with a slightly lower domain average. In addition, there was a higher percent of children identified as “struggling” (30%) in this domain. A further analysis of the Emotional Maturity domain revealed that a higher percent of children were not ready for the formal curriculum in behaviours related to hyperactivity and inattention such as restlessness, distractibility and impulsiveness. Although children on average were prepared for the grade 1 curriculum in the Physical Health and Well-Being domain, a further analysis does indicate that some children are more at-risk related to fine and gross motor skills (34% of children identified as at-risk demonstrated the greatest need for skill development). Pre-school programs in this community could better prepare children for the formal school curriculum by focusing on activities that build and enhance skills related to the Emotional Maturity type of skills such as ability to focus and settle into an activity as well as gross and fine motor skills. 18 children, or 24%, were rated as requiring further assessment Other Interesting Facts ~ Children that attended part-time pre-school or Junior Kindergarten are better prepared for school in relation to Language & Cognitive skills only (this group of children scored very close to this domain). Girls consistently score higher than boys on all domains (which is consistent across the Province). Children born earlier in the year scored higher in the all domains with the exception of the Emotional Maturity domain OEYC Parry Sound / Muskoka has many programs throughout Parry Sound & Muskoka. Call 1-800-850-8855 or 1-800-461-7404 (645-3155) in Muskoka. Report prepared: by Kimberly Burns OEYC Data Analysis Co- ordinators, with the assistance of Brennen Peever and Lindsay Hall, Report prepared: by Kimberly research assistants Burns OEYC Data Analysis Co- ordinators, with the assistance of Brennen Peever and Lindsay Hall, research assistants
"Bracebridge School Readiness Snapshot"