Thursday, January 17, 2008

Early Childhood Learning

An overview of currently available data for early childhood learning is included in the recent ABS Information Paper: Measuring Learning in Australia: Concepts and Directions in Early Childhood Learning, 2007 (cat. no. 4232.0). This paper also identifies current data gaps, and proposes a set of key measures for early childhood learning data.

Growing Up in Australia: the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is the largest and most comprehensive of all surveys on early childhood. It provides data on children's participation in early childhood education, including educational activities in the home.

The Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) provides data at a community level on young children's development. Data are collected during the first year of formal schooling. Results for 57 communities are available via the AEDI website.

In June 2008, the ABS is conducting the new Childhood Education and Care Survey (CEaCS) which will include content on early years learning.

Further information is available in the 2007 Annual Progress Report for Improving Statistics on Children and Youth, released December 2007.

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