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Australian Early Development Census

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The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a nationwide data collection that occurs every 3 years. The last data collection was ​undertaken in 2015.​

The AEDC measures how children are developing as they transition into their first year of school based on 5 key areas known as domains.

The 5 AEDC domains are:

 

Each rectangular tile represents one of the 5 AEDC domains of child development: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills (school-based) and communication skills and general knowledge.​

Using the AEDC data

AEDC results can be used by early childhood education and care services to:

The department has worked with Early Childhood Australia to create resources for early childhood education and care services; and also worked with the Telethon Kids Institute and the University of Queensland to develop a suite of AEDC resources tailored to the needs of schools.

A range of other resources, including fact sheets, community stories and guidance on understanding and using the data is also available on the national AEDC Website.​

More information

AEDC resources
​Access the collection of resources to help ECEC services and schools understand their AEDC data and how it can be used to inform curriculum programming, planning and quality improvement.

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Last updated 26 November 2018