Worrying ­increase in ­‘vulnerability’ of Townships Kindergarteners

By Gordon Lambie

In 2017, the second edition of the Québec survey on the development of kindergarten children (EQDEM) took place in all public and private French and English schools across the province. The questionnaire, which was previously conducted in 2012, assesses the level of development of groups of children in five areas essential to their health and well-being:
• Physical health and well-being (health, fine and gross motor skills)
• Social skills (empathy, sharing and caring)
• Emotional maturity (emotion management and self-control)
• Cognitive and language development (reasoning ability and language)
• Communication skills and general knowledge.
In the Eastern Townships, the results of the survey showed that 29.4 per cent of kindergarten children were considered vulnerable or lacking in at least one of these areas. See full story in the Tuesday, October 23 edition of The Record.

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