Australian Early Development Census resources


Resources for early childhood education and care services

The Department of Education worked with Early Childhood Australia to develop a suite of AEDC resources to support the critical work of the early childhood sector and their communities in providing the best developmental opportunities for children.

Since their release, the resources have been used widely across Queensland to support ongoing critical reflection and inform programming and planning in early childhood education and care services.

Getting started

AEDC 2021 data

View the most recent data including key findings and information about how Queensland children are faring.

Links to National Quality Standard and Early Years Learning Framework

Video: Linking the AEDC with the National Quality Standard and the Early Years Learning Framework, transcript

Using the 5 domains

Read about each of the 5 domains measured in the AEDC and use the practical strategies for supporting children's learning and development.

Putting the AEDC into practice

Learn more about how Queensland services have been using the AEDC and their strategies for responding to local AEDC data.

Mitchelton Pre-Schooling Centre looked at how the AEDC aligned with the Early Years Learning Framework and reflected on their program in terms of the AEDC domains.

Silky Oaks Child Care Centre offered professional development for educators in supporting children's social competence and emotional maturity and collaborated with local schools and services.

Beenleigh Family Centre Child Care incorporated language focused initiatives in their programming and supported families in response to Beenleigh's identified vulnerabilities.

C&K Flagstone Community Kindergarten worked closely with their school community to address the vulnerabilities in communication, language and cognition skills.

C&K Hatton Vale Community Kindergarten utilised professional advice and resources to respond to the identified vulnerability of physical health and wellbeing and language and cognitive skills.

Eskay Kids Springfield Child Care and Early Education Centre responded to the AEDC data by emphasising physical activity, health and wellbeing in their programming.

A Head Start Children's Centres utilised the Early Years Learning Framework outcomes in conjunction with the AEDC domains to holistically support children's learning and development.


If you have a story to share, any questions or would like further information, contact the Queensland AEDC team within the Department of Education at

Resources for schools

Resources for schools developed with the Telethon Kids Institute and the University of Queensland are specifically tailored for schools to help them use the AEDC data to inform programming and strategies that support continuity of learning.

Community stories

Community stories which showcase the AEDC in action and highlight common themes across communities that have experienced a consistent decline in developmental vulnerability over time.

Last updated 18 October 2023