Teachers’ professional expertise and knowledge of the children they teach means they are well-placed to make observations about children’s development. Information is completed by teachers through the Australian version of the Early Development Instrument that measures five areas of early childhood development:
- physical health and wellbeing
- social competence
- emotional maturity
- language and cognitive skills (school-based)
- communication skills and general knowledge.
Teachers complete the Early Development Instrument for each child in their class. The Early Development Instrument is made up of about 100 questions. Each of the five domains has a corresponding set of questions in the Early Development Instrument. Data is collected for individual children and then reported for a group of children at a community, State/Territory and national level.
Responses from the questions are added together to determine a domain score. Five domain scores are calculated for each individual child.
As with previous AEDC collections, a GST inclusive teacher relief reimbursement rate provided by the relevant educational authority is offered to assist schools to participate in the AEDC. For further information about the AEDC teacher relief reimbursement payment, please contact the AEDC Helpdesk.