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Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) data from 2018

21 September 2020

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.