The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a population measure of how young children in Australia have developedby the time they start their first year of full-time school. The AEDC looks at groups of children in the community, not individuals.
A key part of the Australian Government's commitment to supporting language study is the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) program. The 2018 application round for ELLA has now closed. For more information on the ELLA program, please visit: www.ella.edu.au.
The Australian Government has committed $5.9 million from 2017-18 to 2020-21 to trial a series of applications (apps) to be used in preschool to improve English literacy outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children for whom English is a second language.
Thirty eight Early Learning and Care Centres are being established including six new Autism specific centres in areas where existing child care services cannot meet the demand for child care.
Universal access ensures that a quality preschool program (also referred to as kindergarten in some states) is available for all children in the year before full-time school.