Australian Early Development Index (AEDI)

The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) is a population measure of children's development in communities across Australia. The AEDI gives us a national picture of children's health and development. The results pinpoint strengths in the community as well as what can be improved.

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

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