AEDI Checklists were completed for 261,203 children (97.5 per cent of the estimated five-year-old population) in their first year of full-time school across Australia by 15,528 teachers from 7,423 Government, Catholic and Independent schools (95.6 per cent of schools with eligible children).
Teachers reported over 5 domains :
* Physical health and wellbeing
* Social competence
* Emotional maturity
* Language and cognitive skills (school-based)
* Communication skills and general knowledge
Overall 4.4 % were already known to have a developmental vulnerability (DV) and 10% required further assessment. The three main problems found in the 4.4% already with a problem were speech, learning disability and behavioural. For those requiring assessment : speech; behavioural problems and problems at home. Going to preschool was protective.
Individual area and community statistics are now available, as well as a national summary, A Snapshot of Early Childhood Development in Australia : Australian Early Development Index AEDI) National Report 2009