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Australian Early Development Census National Conference (Virtual)

March 15, 2021 - March 19, 2021

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The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting us with unprecedented challenges. Now more than ever, the health and development of our children is top of mind.


In Australia, the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a highly valuable dataset and key indicator of early child development. The AEDC captures important aspects of children’s development – physical, social, emotional, language, and communication skills. We are uniquely positioned to use the information collected every three years, to provide a snapshot of how young children have fared living through the COVID-19 pandemic.


Ahead of the next data collection, we’ll be hosting the three-yearly AEDC national conference. The conference, planned for March 2021, is an opportunity for schools, service providers, policy makers, communities and researchers to share our learnings about what is making a difference for children and families. With the current uncertainty we are considering options to best enable the conference to happen but for now, please save the date.


As we come out the other side of the COVID-19 pandemic, the AEDC data will be imperative for planning for the needs of children, families and communities. It will help to efficiently and effectively target resources to where they can have the greatest impact and provide governments, service providers and schools with insight into vulnerabilities and strengths, as well as challenges and opportunities.


If you have any questions or would like any further information about the AEDC and how it might be used during these times, please don’t hesitate to get in touch at [email protected].

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