Early Years Advocacy

Helping the children in our community

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a nationwide measure that looks at how young children are doing in their first year of full-time schooling.

In 2015, the third round of the AEDC was completed, providing the first opportunity to start tracking emerging trends since the Australian Government funded the first national roll-out of the AEDC in 2009. Overall the 2015 results show that around 1 in 5 children were developmentally vulnerable on one or more domains, which is in line with results from 2012 and an improvement from results in 2009.

There is much scope for advocating for investment in the early years. Developmental vulnerabilities can lead to a poor performance at school, low labour force participation and ongoing cycles of disadvantage.

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