Take a moment to familiarize yourself with the EYCI. Available in English and French, the online version is accessible anywhere so long as you have an internet connection.

This simple tool consists of 11 items relating to social, emotional, language, movement, thinking and learning skills. Upon completion, users will receive personalized recommendations for play-based activities from Play&Learn and set the stage for further discussion with an early years professional.

Explore the online tool

A paper version of the tool with scoring instructions is also available in English and French.

Developmental Surveillance Initiative and the Early Years Check-In | An Overview

This brief course is an introduction to the concept of developmental surveillance and introduces the Early Years Check-In (EYCI), an approach to help parents and caregivers identify concerns related to their child's development.

Learn the answers to the following questions:

  • What is developmental surveillance?
  • How do developmental surveillance and developmental screening work together?
  • What is the EYCI and how would I use it with the children and families I work with?
  • What is the online resource 'Play&Learn' and how can it be used to provide support to parents and caregivers?

This free course may complement other professional activities that you are doing. Once complete, you'll be able to download a Certificate of Participation to demonstrate your continuing professional development.

This course was developed by experts in child development and online learning at McMaster University and the University of Toronto with funding from the Government of Ontario.

Enroll in the course

The EYCI Implementation Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to support the implementation of the EYCI and Play&Learn into practice. Use it to support the work you do with children and families in your community.

The Toolkit includes tools and resources to support successful implementation through real-life examples, tips, and case studies from early years professionals across Ontario who are already using the EYCI and Play&Learn with families.

Download the Toolkit

An online collection of promotional resources is available to help you share information about the Early Years Check-In (EYCI) with parents, caregivers, and other professionals in your community.

It features social media messaging, newsletter copy, and promotional materials you can print for use in your setting.

Help promote the EYCI

Play&Learn is another free online resource that helps parents of children aged 18-months to 6 years old support their child’s development at home.

The expert-reviewed games and play-based activities are designed to help children to practice and develop their skills in a range of developmental domains. Play&Learn can be used on its own, or in complement to the EYCI.

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