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Effective use of data

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Effective use of data is one of the 5 action areas outlined in the supporting successful transition: School decision-making tool (PDF, 1.2MB)

The effective use of data action area focuses on both community-level and child-level data.  

For each focus area, there is a description of a range of behaviours across 3 decision-making levels (school-centred, consultative and collaborative) to assist schools in their reflections and planning.  ​

Australian Early Development Census

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) measures the development of children in Australia in their first year of full-time school. The AEDC provides important information to communities, governments and schools to support their planning and service provision.

The AEDC helps schools, communities and policy makers understand how children are developing before their first year of full-time school, what is being done well and what can be improved.

Data from the AEDC can help identify the types of services, resources or support to meet the needs of communities.

Visit AEDC for more information.

Five key domains

The Australian version of the Early Development Instrument consists of approximately 100 questions across 5 key domains, which are closely linked to child health, education and social outcomes. 

The domains are:

  • physical health and wellbeing
  • social competence
  • emotional maturity
  • language and cognitive skills (school-based)
  • communication skills and general knowledge.

Related information

Action area research
Read the range of research relating to each action area, as outlined in the Supporting successful transitions: School decision-making tool.

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Last updated 04 April 2019