Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data from 2018
According to the 2018 AEDC data collection, South Australia has shown a small but steady decline in five key areas of early childhood development since 2009.
This issue was highlighted by the Child Development Council in a policy brief it released in August.
Data is collected nation-wide every three years at the time children start their first year of school.
It covers five key areas of early childhood development:
- physical health and wellbeing
- social competence
- emotional maturity
- language and cognitive skills (school-based)
- communication skills and general knowledge.
Recommendations from the Child Development Council for improvements:
- That the development of all children in South Australia from birth to school age is monitored proactively and regularly.
- That universally applied checks are delivered in the first two weeks after birth, at eight weeks, 12 months, two years and three years at a minimum.
For more information, see the Policy brief 1: South Australia’s surprising downward trend in AEDC results by Child Development Council.