As a population measure, the AEDC reports on early childhood development across the whole community. Community-level information provides a common language for children’s development and comparable data to reflect on and plan for optimal outcomes for children.
By providing a common ground on which people can work together, the AEDC results can help build and strengthen communities to help shape the future and wellbeing of Australian children.
The AEDC results can support communities to understand the degree and concentration of developmental vulnerability within their community. Communities can use their AEDC results in a place-based approach to engage and collaborate with local early years service providers.
Together they can explore how to support family environments known to be so crucial for children’s development and high-quality early learning and care environments to enable children to arrive at school ready to engage.
Specific examples of how communities have used the AEDC can be found in our AEDC Community Stories.
Refer to the page Using your AEDC results 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.