Collection of the AEDC data is made possible due to the commitment from all schools across Australia. This publicly available census data is used extensively by state and federal governments, communities and schools to improve outcomes for all Australian children.
School principals are instrumental in the effectiveness of the AEDC and play a key role in contributing to community discussions about school readiness in the context of AEDC findings.
Supporting the census collection
The success of the AEDC collection relies on School principals offering active support to their school community both before and during the census. Principals provide strategic guidance regarding the conduct of the AEDC in their school, nominating an ‘AEDC Champion’, where possible, and ensuring that teachers have the necessary support and resources to complete the Early Development Instrument for each eligible child. They are also responsible for communicating important information to parents about the AEDC.
The 2015 AEDC results were released on 7 March 2016, and school results have now been shared with eligible participating schools as AEDC School Profiles and AEDC School Summaries. Community results are available as Community Profiles and data tables, as well as maps and graphs via the AEDC Data Explorer.
Initiating community partnerships
The value of the AEDC for schools lies in the evidence that can be used as a basis for conversations with community groups and local agencies to help shape the future wellbeing of Australian children. The specific information contained in the AEDC School Profile can assist schools and early childhood services to:
- Reflect on the development of children in the community as they enter school.
- Consider and plan for optimal school transition through to the early primary years.
- Reflect on all aspects of children’s development in the first year of school.
- Look at the needs of students before they enter school to help plan for their needs at school.
Principals not only have an important role to play throughout the collection, but they serve an integral role in ensuring that the AEDC results are then integrated into school planning.