2015 AEDC Data Now Available

The latest Australian Early Development Census was released by Senator the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training, on 9th March 2016.

“While it shows signs of improvement in areas like literacy and numeracy, it also tells us there is work that we all need to do to give young Australians the best possible start.”

The AEDC is Australia’s only census of children in their early years and provides a map of developmental outcomes.

The AEDC measures over five domains that provide an insight at a community level into the learning and development needs of young children. The AEDC is also a useful predictor of future development and learning, indicating how well early childhood education programs have prepared them for future learning experiences.  The five domains measured are:

  1. Physical health – Child is healthy, independent, ready each day
  2. Social competence – Child gets along with others and shares, is self confident
  3. Emotional maturity – Child is able to concentrate, help others, is patient, not aggressive or angry
  4. Language and cognitive skills – Child is interested in reading or writing, can count and recognise numbers and shapes
  5. Communication – Child can tell a story, communicate with adults and children, articulate themselves

The 2015 Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) results are now the third release of the AEDC and emerging trends can now be evidenced.

AEDC information, data, reports and resources can be found on their website at www.aedc.gov.au