What the AEDC means for parents

Every three years since 2009, the Australian Government has undertaken a census of all children in their first year of full-time schooling. This information is used to identify communities where families and children may require extra support and to help shape the future and wellbeing of Australian children.

About the AEDC

Each census year teachers use the Australian version of the Early Development Instrument, which is a series of specific questions, using their knowledge and observations of the children in their class. Children do not lose any class time and parents are not required to provide any additional information to the school.

For the AEDC, your child’s data will be combined with data about the other children living within the same community. AEDC results for individual children are not reported and the AEDC is not used as an individual diagnostic tool. This means that an individual child report is not produced. 

Your child

If your child is part of an AEDC census, the information provided by their teacher will make an important contribution to our understanding of the development of Australian children during their early years. Children not included in a census year still benefit from the insights gained by analysis of the AEDC and application of these learnings by early childhood educators and teachers.

In 'Parents' section:
  • Why participate in the AEDC
    By supporting the AEDC you are providing vital evidence that will be used by your community to achieve the best possible educational and health outcomes for families and children.
  • Findings from the AEDC
    Results from the 2018 AEDC show that many Australian communities recorded improvements across the areas measured by the AEDC. AEDC findings are available for Australia, communities and schools.
  • Parent FAQ
    Frequently asked questions by parents.