Resources for parents

Resources for parents

Image of publication cover for AEDC Early Development Instrument and response criteriaParents, families and carers are a child’s first and most important teachers. Parent engagement in education is about parents being positively involved in their child’s learning and school community - to help them learn and enjoy school. As a parent, you and your family play an important role in supporting your child’s education. The earlier you and your family become engaged, the better it is for your child’s learning. 

Research has identified five ways that you can make a big difference to your child’s learning:

  • set positive expectations 
  • have regular conversations 
  • support good study habits 
  • encourage reading 
  • build a partnership with your child’s teachers. 

Learning Potential is full of tips and ideas on how to put these ideas into practice, with specific suggestions depending on whether your child is under five, in primary school, or in high school. 

Other useful resources for parents are available, providing practical and in-depth information on issues ranging from child health to reading tips:

  • The Raising Children Network is an Australian parenting website with comprehensive, practical, expert child health and parenting information covering newborns to teens: Raising Children Network.
  • Regular reading with children from birth helps build the skills that your child needs for school and for life! Visit the Let's Read website for tips and tools: Let’s Read.

For any other matters relating to your child, contact your local doctor or your child and family health nurse. 

The AEDC measures the development of children using a research tool known as the Early Development Instrument. The questions in the Instrument are listed in AEDC Early Development Instrument and response criteria, which is located in the data access resources section of this web site. Alternatively, you may click the cover image on this page or select from the list below to access the document directly. 

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Introduction to the Australian Early Development Census (HD)

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is an Australian Government Initiative. It is a nationwide survey that shows how young Australian children have developed as they start their first year of full-time education. Find out more in the Introduction to the Australian Early Development Census video.