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Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) results, guides and resources

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) measures how children have developed by the time they start their first year of full-time school. The AEDC collects data every three years in schools across Australia and reports children’s results in 5 key areas of early childhood development called domains.

South Australia results

South Australia AEDC videos

Learn how to use AEDC data – online professional learning program on Plink

Access the AEDC professional learning program on PLINK , the Department for Education's professional learning platform.

This program will give you a deeper understanding of the AEDC. It demonstrates how to use the data to support children’s development in your programs, policies, planning, partnerships.

This program will help you:

  • understand how to access and use AEDC data
  • reflect on what is driving or obstructing children’s development and learning
  • analyse AEDC data for change and improved outcomes for children
  • identify strategic partners
  • plan for programs, transitions and partnerships
  • identify issues, opportunities and key actions to inform improvement planning and policy
  • monitor and measure progress.

Real examples of practice explicitly connect AEDC data to quality (NQS and AITSL) and curriculum planning (EYLF and Australian Curriculum) to support improved development and learning outcomes for children.

The program is approximately 1.5 hours long, and made up of 4 modules.

AEDC guides

AEDC domain guides

Key curriculum connections

AEDC supporting early childhood development guides

AEDC user guides

AEDC sector messages

For more resources, visit the AEDC website.

SA AEDC State Coordinator

Email: Education.AEDCTeam [at] sa.gov.au