AEDC NSW research symposium 2021
Resources from Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) NSW half-day 2021 research symposium – 'We collected the AEDC data, we have our school’s preliminary report – what next?'
We showcase how different stakeholders utilise AEDC data and the value of the dataset in informing policy and practice.
Session 1 – Amy Birungi
An overview of the relevance of the AEDC data set. It highlights the value of the data in informing resource allocation, policy and practice development.
Session 2 – Telethon Kids Institute
An overview of the research exploring how children’s development measured by the AEDC at school entry predicts their academic achievement and social and emotional wellbeing during their schooling lives.
Resources and tips for schools to utilise the AEDC data in their curriculum and quality improvement planning.
AEDC 2021 Research Symposium – Session 1 – Amy Birungi video (5:06)
AEDC 2021 Research Symposium – Session 2 –Telethon Kids Institute video (51:26)
- Australian Early Development Census (2019) The predictive validity of the AEDC: Predicting later cognitive and behavioural outcomes
- Government of South Australia and Telethon Kids Institute 16 December 2020 Relationship between development at school entry and student wellbeing report
- NSW Australian Early Development Census
- Public Health Information Development Unit (PHIDU) social health atlas accessed 14-9-21
Session 4 – Early Childhood Directorate, NSW Department of Education
Early Childhood Directorate, NSW Department of Education highlight how they have engaged with AEDC data and some of the projects, programs and key policy decisions that the AEDC data has informed. The team outlines how services can engage with the data at the community level to support the engagement with the community they serve.
Session 5 – Facilitation Project: Fairfield, Liverpool, Bankstown
An overview of how AEDC data can be used alongside other datasets to inform various initiatives at the community level. Three local councils have developed and implemented various early childhood development initiatives that address areas of vulnerabilities as reported in their community-level AEDC data outcomes. We highlight some of the gains and challenges of working across agencies and how their initiatives have led to positive outcomes for families and children in these communities.
AEDC 2021 Research Symposium – Session 4 – Early Childhood Directorate, NSW Department of Education video (30:08)
AEDC 2021 Research Symposium – Session 5 – Facilitation Project: Fairfield, Liverpool, Bankstown (31:06)
Session 6 Amplify practice – Sharon Buck
Looking at the initial snapshot data that our school has received and discuss ways that we can leverage this data to inform initiatives we put in place in our preschool context that will have an impact on children transitioning in our school.
Session 6 – Amplify Practice – Wendy Ballard
This group was developed in direct response to the AEDC data. The increase in children developmentally at risk or vulnerable in the areas of Language and Cognitive skills and Communication skills in 2018. The initiative is a SaCC partnership with several organisations developed after consultation with families attending Blue Haven and Northlakes SaCCs around children's speech and language development and the AEDC results. The partnership really highlights the aim and purpose of the AEDC in creative community responses to the data.
AEDC 2021 Research Symposium – Session 6 – Amplify practice – Sharon Buck video (11:37)
AEDC 2021 Research Symposium – Session 6 – Amplify Practice – Wendy Ballard video (22:53)
Session 6 – Amplify Practice – Kim Moroney
How AEDC data has been used in previous years in schools of the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle with a particular focus on Early Learning philosophy, pedagogy and practice. Using the preliminary report from one school as an example, Kim unpacks how the AEDC data will support and enhance “Transition to School” plans and practices.
Session 7 – Next steps – Jacqui Ward
Opportunities for practice development and cross-agency collaboration
An overview of the symposium highlighting some of the key lessons drawn from presenters and future proposed actions for AEDC in NSW.
AEDC 2021 Research Symposium – Session 6 – Amplify Practice – Kim Moroney video (22:48)
AEDC 2021 Research Symposium – Session 7 – Next steps – Jacqui Ward video (19:23)
- AEDC - Resources for communities
- Department of Education's transition to school guidelines (PDF 2.84MB)
- School Success Model
- Wellbeing for School Excellence
- AEDC NSW webpage
Resources for families
Download the AEDC NSW research symposium agenda (PDF 2739KB) (held in August 2021).