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AEDC Grants – Providing an excellent start for our young children

The federally funded Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) provides important information of Australian children’s development as they begin their first year of full-time school (Prep in Tasmania).

The AEDC measures development across five domains; physical health and wellbeing, language and cognitive skills, social competence, emotional maturity, and communication skills and general knowledge.

Census data is collected nationally every three years and can help professionals and families think critically about how best to support children’s development. Tasmanian AEDC results are slightly better when compared with Australia overall.

The AEDC project in Tasmania’s Department of Education called for expressions of Interest for projects that work towards reducing vulnerability in communities. The applications were made utilising the results from the latest AEDC data collection in 2015.

On 22 September 2017, The Minister for Education and Training visited clients and staff from the Child and Family Centre (CFC) in East Devonport who are one of the learning centres that were successful in gaining a grant.

Image of dads playing with children Photo of Minister for Education and Training

They have launched the Tactical Tots for Blokes & Kids, an initiative that aims to engage fathers and toddlers together through an obstacle course, extension games and physical activities. The program also seeks to support the child’s attachment to their fathers/ significant male.

Photo of children playing Photo of children and fathers

To support the program on an ongoing basis, the East Devonport CFC will purchase larger equipment which would also help extend other community programs to older children.

Photo fo children  Blokes with Kids Tactical Tots image

Other successful recipients of grants (ranging from $2,000 to $30,000) through the AEDC project were:

  • Burnie Child and Family Centre
  • City of Hobart, Community Development
  • Franklin Primary School
  • Glenorchy City Council (with Berridale and Benjafield Day Care Centres)
  • Goodwood Primary School (with Goodwood Community Centre)
  • Holy Rosary Catholic School, Claremont
  • Lady Gowrie Tasmania Integrated Child & Family Centre, South Hobart
  • Oral Health Services Tasmania and The Child Health and Parenting Service
  • Ringarooma Primary School with Ringarooma Playgroup
  • St Brigid’s Catholic School, Wynyard
  • tagari lia Child and Family Centre, Bridgewater

More information on the grants is available from here.