Education Snapshots

Early Childhood Development

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) reports on the developmental progress of all young children in Australia, including South Australia. It is based on reporting by teachers, in five domains of early childhood development, for children when they begin their first year of full-time school.

In 2018, almost a quarter (24%) of South Australian children were developmentally vulnerable in 1 or more domains in the AEDC, an increase since 2015 (23%). The proportion of Aboriginal children in South Australia developmentally vulnerable in 1 or more domain was 47% in 2015, a decrease from 51% in 2012.

The five domains of the AEDC are:

  • physical health and wellbeing
  • social competence
  • emotional maturity
  • language and cognitive skills and
  • communication skills and general knowledge.

More information can be found on the AEDC website.

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