Reports and Publications

GNEYP State of the Child Report (2017)

The Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership’s (GNEYP) third “State of the Child Report” provides an assessment of children’s wellbeing in the Nanaimo region. The report supports investments in the first years of a child’s life and highlights how our community supports the positive development of young people.

This report extends the 2015 State of the Child Report, letting us assess a number of domains that affect children, with an increased focus on children of aboriginal ancestry. While many of the metrics provided are the purview of health and social service organisations, it is a whole of community efforts that yields the best outcomes. We all need to help children achieve their best potential.

The report tracks how our community is doing to becoming a more child friendly place. The success of our children is vital to the health of our community and GNEYP welcomes the contributions of all in our community who want to contribute to that success.

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Click or tap HERE to view the references used in the report.

Click or tap HERE to view Nanaimo News Bulletin's coverage of the report

EDI Subscales Community Profile

“The Early Development Instrument (EDI) is a questionnaire that gathers data used to measure population level patterns and trends in children’s developmental health. The questionnaire, completed by teachers for their Kindergarten students, includes 104 questions organized into five scales that measure core areas of child development: Physical Health and Well-Being, Social Competence, Emotional Maturity, Language and Cognitive Development, and Communication Skills and General Knowledge. These areas are strong predictors of health, education and social outcomes in adolescence and adulthood. EDI SCALES AND SUBSCALES Each EDI scale is made up of a set of subscales.* There are 15 EDI subscales in total and each subscale measures a specific area of development that relates to a particular scale (See Figure 1). While data for the EDI scales allow us to assess trends and patterns in children’s vulnerability rates, subscale data allow us to refine our understanding of these population-level outcomes by providing information on the specific areas of development that are contributing to scale-level vulnerability. For example, subscale data may identify that one particular subscale, Aggressive Behaviour, is contributing to increasing rates of vulnerability on the Emotional Maturity scale, rather than all four subscales contributing equally. With this approach, subscale data allows for a more refined understanding of children’s developmental health.” UBC

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Nanaimo Family Demographic Infographics

The BC Council for Families has partnered with SPARC BC to produce a series of infographics about family demographics in regional districts across BC using the results of our 2015 Let’s Talk Families BC! survey. 

There are four sets of infographics which show the average household types, the average number of children in each family and the average ages of children, as well as the greatest challenges families face in the 29 regional districts across BC. 

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Infographic Types 

·          The number of households made up of couples without children, couples with children, single parent families, single person households and other households. 

·          The average number of children (one child, two children and three or more children) that single parent households and couples have.

·          The greatest issues or challenges (such as income, child care and housing) that families face in each regional district compared with provincial benchmarks. 

·          The average age of children in each regional district, and the numbers of children who are aged zero to four, five to 14, 15 to 17, 18 to 24 and 25 and older.

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EDI Community Profile - School District 68 Nanaimo/Ladysmith (Wave 6 2013-2016)

A central component of HELP’s child development monitoring system is the Early Development Instrument (EDI), a questionnaire that has been used across BC since 2001 to gather data about children's development at age five. Learn more about the EDI here. EDI data provide essential insights into the health of our children and helps us explore the patterns and trends in their developmental health.

This year, HELP is reporting on data gathered and analyzed from February 2013 to February 2016. The data from these years is referred to as ‘Wave 6’ data. In Wave 6, HELP gathered data for over 43,000 children across the Province.

EDI Community Profiles are comprehensive reports available for all of BC's 59 School Districts. These community profiles explore and synthesize EDI data aggregated by School District and their associated neighborhoods. These data are based on children’s home postal codes representing children who live in the School District and include children attending public schools and children attending participating Independent and on-reserve schools.

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GNEYP State of the Child Report (2015)

The Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership, who focus on prenatal care to children 6 years and under, have produced the Nanaimo State of the Child Report to build on the awareness of the value of the early years. We all need to take action when and where we can. This report highlights how well our young children in the Nanaimo area are doing. This report builds on the 2013 State of the Child Report and adds comparisons.

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Click here to view the sources for the report. 

Media coverage:

Nanaimo News Bulletin:

-Poverty has gotten worse, new State of the Child Report show

The Wave 102.3FM:

-State of the Child Report released

My Coast NOW

–State of the Child Report released by the Greater Nanaimo Early Years Partnership


-Nanaimo Political Talk

-A Better Nanaimo

-Gord Fuller: Municipally (A)musing

The Nanaimo State of the Child Report was internationally recognized at the 2016 Early Years Conference, click HERE to view or print the full sized poster.

for more information regarding this conference click HERE.

Nanaimo Vital Signs Report (2015)

Download the second edition of Nanaimo’s Vital Signs report today!

The Nanaimo Foundation is excited to present this year’s check-up on Nanaimo, with a special focus on a sense of belonging in our community. This is a valuable tool to our community as a resource for The Nanaimo Foundation, residents, local government, businesses, schools, and community groups.

A special Thank You to our Vital Signs partners United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, City of Nanaimo Local Government and Island Savings, who's collaboration and generous support has made this initiative possible.

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Nanaimo Vital Signs Report (2014)

The Nanaimo Vital Signs Report was developed by the Nanaimo Foundation as a community check-up that "that measures the vitality of our communities, identifies significant trends, and supports action on issues that are critical to our quality of life".

GNEYP Nanaimo Community Consultation (2014)

In January of 2014 the partnership embarked upon a Nanaimo Community
Consultation process with two distinct intention (1) to examine the working
structure of GNEYP (2) to build an Early Years Plan which reflected the
current needs and priorities as seen by both parents and service providers
in Greater Nanaimo.

The writeup in the Nanaimo News Bulletin can be found here:


GNEYP State of the Child Report (2013)

The Greater Nanaimo and Ladysmith Early Years Partnerships have produced this State of the Child Report on children from newborn to six years old to create an awareness of the importance of the early years and to encourage all to take action when and where they can. This report highlights how young children within the boundaries of Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools are doing and provides a foundation for future comparisons.


EDI Community Summary - Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools (Wave 5, 2011-2013)

The Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP) collaborates with academic, government, school, and community partners to gather data and report on child well-being in British Columbia. In 1999, HELP began collecting and mapping population level child development data province-wide using the Early Development Instrument (EDI). The EDI data provide communities and policy makers with the information they need to monitor children’s development, and to develop effective program and policy responses that will help B.C.’s children and families thrive.

GNEYP PEAT Parent Survey (2012)

In 2012 the Parent Education Action Team surveyed 277 parents and
caregivers from Lantzville, Gabriola, Nanaimo and Ladysmith to identify
barriers preventing them from accessing parenting resources. The top
barriers identified in the survey were found to be:

  • Awareness of services in my community
  • Child care not available to me
  • Lack of transportation
  • Times of Services
The team then developed and executed a plan to minimize key barriers arising
from the survey by collaborating and leveraging resource with partners in
the community.


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