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Australian Early Development Census — Queensland schools

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The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a nationwide data collection that occurs every three years. The 2018 AEDC collection marks the completion of the fourth and most recent national census.

AEDC School Profiles are released every three years to participating schools with 6 or more Prep student enrolments at the time of data collection. The AEDC School Profile provides an overview of school results and includes useful information on interpreting, using and sharing AEDC school data.

AEDC 2018 data

The fourth national AEDC data collection took place in schools from 1 May 2018 to 31 July 2018. Australia continues to be a world-leader in the measurement of early childhood development with the 2018 collection capturing data on more than 300,000 children across Australia.

School principals are notified via email with instructions on how to download their 2018 School Profile Addendum. The 2018 AEDC data is also available on OneSchool.

2018 AEDC Community data can be accessed on the AEDC website.

The AEDC 2018 Queensland data snapshot report (PDF, 2.2MB) and the AEDC Queensland Infographic (PDF, 538KB) provides a summary of the 2018 AEDC data for Queensland.

For further assistance, email the AEDC helpdesk or the Queensland AEDC coordinator.

What the AEDC data means for schools

The AEDC collection provides vital information for school planning and community collaboration to support children's early learning, development and transition to school.

The AEDC data can help schools to:

  • plan and support children's successful transition to school
  • raise awareness of the importance of children's early years
  • implement programs and services for children in the community to support early child development
  • act as a platform to forge collaborative community partnerships.

Learn about the value of the AEDC data for teachers, schools and beyond



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School resources

The Department of Education worked with the Telethon Kids Institute (TKI) and the University of Queensland to develop a series of resources specifically tailored for schools seeking to strengthen their transition to school strategies by responding to their local AEDC data.

The resources were developed in consultation with 3 Queensland schools who took part in an extensive action research process that involved analysing their AEDC data in partnership with the local community, and developing informed, responsive plans for children's transition to school.

AEDC overview

The AEDC Overview (PDF, 240KB) (DOCX, 58KB) will support your understanding of the AEDC domains, the collection, and the data. It will also introduce strategies and approaches for using and responding to the AEDC data at the school level.

Using the AEDC to support continuity of learning

Using the AEDC to support continuity of learning (PDF, 415KB) (DOCX, 53KB) describes the individual and broader community factors that enhance early childhood development. It also suggests practical strategies for supporting students' learning and development, and identifies opportunities to strengthen continuity of learning during the early years.

Queensland schools putting their AEDC data into practice

Schools across Queensland shared how they are using the AEDC data to inform programming and strategies to support continuity of learning through community partnerships, data analysis and program development:

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Putting the AEDC data into practice at your school

This self-paced learning guide (PPTX, 3.5MB) will assist you to analyse and share AEDC data alongside other relevant information to develop collaborative transition plans with early childhood community stakeholders.

Supporting recognition of professional development from the AEDC resources for schools

The reflection guide (PDF, 166KB) (DOCX, 32KB) is aligned to the Australian Professional Standards for Teachers and is designed to support recognition of professional development for the purposes of teacher registration with the Queensland College of Teachers, through engagement with this suite of resources and reflecting on how you and your school use the AEDC.

If you have a story to share, please email aedc@qed.qld.gov.au.

About the AEDC

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a nationwide data collection that occurs every three years.

The AEDC measures how children are developing as they transition into their first year of school based on five key areas known as 'domains': Physical health and wellbeing, Social competence, Emotional maturity, Language and cognitive skills (school-based), and Communication skills and general knowledge.

The five AECD domains - diagram 

Information and resources for schools and Early Childhood Education and Care services are available on AEDC – Queensland Early Childhood Education and Care.

Where do I go for more information?

Visit the AEDC website for more information about the AEDC and 2018 data.

Contact the Queensland AEDC team within the Department of Education at aedc@qed.qld.gov.au.

Last updated 29 July 2019