The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a population based measure of how children have developed by the time they start school. It looks at five areas of early childhood development: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills (school-based), and communication skills and general knowledge.
What the AEDC means for communities
The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) provides people with a common ground to work together to build and strengthen their community and help shape the future and wellbeing of Australian children.
The AEDC results provide a snapshot of how children are developing in your community. By exploring the AEDC results, your community can work together to find out more about what works well in your area and what can be improved. This way, your community will be able to provide better support for local children and their families.
Specific examples of how communities have used the AEDC can be found in our AEDC Community Stories.
Refer to the page Resources for communities to help you understand and use your community’s AEDC results to engage your community and plan actions to better support local children and their families.