The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data provides a snapshot of children's development that can inform communities and support planning, policy and action.
The AEDC is a nationwide data collection of early childhood development at the time children commence their first year of full-time school. The AEDC highlights what is working well and what needs to be improved or developed to support children and their families by providing evidence to support health, education and community policy and planning.
The AEDC is held every three years, with the 2021 AEDC data collection being the fifth collection.
What Is It Measuring?
The five AEDC domains provide an insight at a community level into the learning and development needs of young children. The AEDC is also a useful predictor of future development and learning, indicating how well early childhood education programs have prepared them for future learning experiences.
- Physical Health & Wellbeing
- Social Competence
- Emotional Maturity
- Language and Cognitive Skills (school-based)
- Communication Skills and General Knowledge
You can view family and community factors that support positive development across the five domains here.
2021 Community Profiles - Southside Canberra
You can view the Community Profile and Multiple Strength Indicator Community Summary for each region.