Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) data is collected nationally every three years and provides a snapshot of how children are developing by the time they reach school. Results of the 2012 collection were released on 4 April 2013.
The Australian and state and territory governments; The Royal Children's Hospital Centre for Community Child Health, Melbourne; the Murdoch Children's Research Institute; and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, work together to deliver the AEDI. The Social Research Centre, Melbourne, manages the data.
Read more about the AEDI, including national, state and community results from the 2012 and 2009 collections, on the national AEDI website .
The second collection was undertaken between May and July 2012 and checklists were completed for more than 95% of Queensland Prep students. Read a thank you letter to schools from Federal Minister for School Education, Early Childhood and Youth, Peter Garrett.
Schools and communities have a significant influence on children in their earliest years.
The AEDI results support schools to understand how children have developed in key areas of early childhood by the time they start full-time school.
Understanding the state of children's development as they arrive at school and considering the influences on development in the earliest years allows schools to be better prepared for Prep children in the future.
Schools can also use their AEDI results to plan for children's optimal orientation and transition to school, and to engage and collaborate with community partners, including the early childhood education and care sector.
Together, schools and communities can explore how to support the crucial family and high-quality early learning and care environments that can enable children to arrive at school ready to engage.
A range of resources, including fact sheets, case studies and an online training module to help schools understand and use the AEDI data is available on the national AEDI website .
Principals can access a confidential AEDI School Profile if their school participated in the collection and has met privacy reporting requirements.
Principals will receive an email with instructions to register and download their 2012 school profile.
The Australian Government and State and Territory Governments are working in partnership with The Royal Children's Hospital Centre for Community Child Health in Melbourne, the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research, Perth, to deliver the AEDI. The Social Research Centre, Melbourne, is managing the AEDI data.
This page was last reviewed on 03 Apr 2013