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Latest Early Development results for Loddon

Image children looking at nature
Image children looking at nature

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is conducted every three years to assess the physical, social, emotional, language/cognitive and communication development of all children in Prep.  The 2015 results were released in March. Here is a snapshot for the Loddon Area:

  • In Bendigo, there was a significant improvement in the proportion of children ‘on track’ in the language/cognitive and communications domains between 2012 and 2015.
  • More children in Central Goldfields are now demonstrating 'on track' emotional maturity than in 2012.
  • In Macedon Ranges there have been improvements in each of the physical, social and communications domains.

The census also indicated some ongoing challenges:

  • In Macedon Ranges, Campaspe, Central Goldfields and the City of Greater Bendigo there were more children developmentally vulnerable on the social competence and emotional maturity domains than on the language/cognitive or communications domains.
  • In Mount Alexander Shire and Loddon Shire the stand-out challenges appear to be in the physical domain which assesses a child’s readiness for the school day, physical independence and fine motor skills.

AEDC website