Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)


The Australian Early Development Census (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 data is used by schools, communities, and governments to plan services and supports that give kids the best start at school.

Find out more at www.aedc.gov.au.


2021 Data Collection

Schools with kindergarten students participate in the census. Kindergarten teachers in all school sectors across NSW will be completing a research tool in term 2, 2021 based on observations of the children in their class.

2021 AEDC National Conference: Trends in Child Development – The Future of Australia

The AEDC National Conferences brings together educators, practitioners, policy makers and researchers to share how the AEDC data has been used to understand and respond to the factors impacting on children’s development.