About the Australian Early Childhood Educational Development Experience (AECEDE) Research Project
What is the AECEDE Research Project?
The Australian Early Childhood Educational Development Experience (AECEDE) Research Project explores the impact of early learning experiences, both at home and in early education and care services, on young children’s development and learning. The project aims to build a picture of children's activities in the years before they start school and the impact of these activities on their development. The project is being conducted by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training supported by the NSW Department of Education, the NT Department of Education and researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute and the Social Research Centre.
Collection of data
The project involves the collection of child development data based on teacher observations by using Australian version of the Early Development Instrument (AvEDI). Data are collected using the secure online data collection system used for the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC).
The AvEDI consists of around 100 questions measuring five important areas or domains of early childhood development. For more information about the AvEDI, refer to the Data Collection Tool: Australian version of the Early Development Instrument page on the website. To view the AvEDI refer to resources for parents on the website (www.aedc.gov.au).
To add to this richness provided through the AvEDI and build a picture of children’s activities outside school, parents and primary caregivers of children in participating communities in their first year of full-time school are invited to take part in a survey. The survey will collect information about the early childhood education and care history of their child, their parenting style and the child’s home environment. This ‘primary caregivers survey’ will take place in September – November 2018.
As a thank you, schools that achieve a high level of participation in the Primary Caregiver Survey will be provided with a voucher to be spent on supplies (such as books or equipment) for the school.
Information for parents and carers
Parents and primary caregivers from participating communities will be invited to complete a survey about the early childhood education and care histories of their child. Participation is voluntary, and parents/carers can opt out of the project at any time by notifying the school their child is attending.
Why participate in the AECEDE Research Project
Data collected from the AECEDE Research Project will provide valuable information to help guide government policy, research and practice in the early childhood sector.
At the policy and research level, information on the impact of different early education pathways on children’s development will provide the evidence to guide planning in both early childhood education and care services and in schools.
Reporting of data
All data from the project will be provided to relevant state or territory Departments of Education to inform policy, analysis and research. Data collected through the AECEDE Research Project may also be linked with information from other Commonwealth and state and territory Government agencies, (such as health and education departments) to support policy, practice and service provision for young children and their families.
Data obtained from this project will not be assessed or reported at the individual child-level.
For further information on privacy please refer to the AEDC privacy statement.
For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions and About the AECEDE Research Project factsheet below.
Contact the AEDC team at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 1800 092 548 for enquiries about operational aspects of the data collection (educator/teacher training, completing the AvEDI, the online collection system, financial contributions).
To find out more about the research aims and study design, contact the Telethon Kid Institute at AECEDEstudy@telethonkids.org.au
FAQs for the AECEDE Research Project