What is the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC)? The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) collects information about how Australian children are developing in all the different communities across Australia. The Australian Early Development Census looks at five key areas of child development : physical health and wellbeing - how fit and well our children are social competence - the skills our children use to get along with others emotional maturity - how our children handle their feelings language skills and cognitive skills (school based) - the skills our children use to speak, understand and think, based on the types of educational activities they do at school communication skills and general knowledge - what our children know, and all the different ways they communicate this.
Category School Age
Getting familiar with your child's new school In the months and weeks before starting school, it's good for your child to get familiar with the school environment. This includes routines and rules as well as the classroom, playground, toilets, drinking fountains and so on. Here are some ideas: If your child is at a preschool or early childhood centre with a school transition program , try to make sure your child is at preschool on the days the children visit 'big school'.
School mornings Getting children ready for school in the morning can feel overwhelming at first, but it does get easier with some discipline and practice. A consistent routine will help everyone get organised in the morning. You might like to read more about school morning routines, or you could try our 'Beat the buzzer' game for school mornings.
What are nightmares in children? Nightmares are bad dreams that can cause children to wake up feeling scared and upset. It's normal for children to have nightmares about: realistic dangers like aggressive dogs, sharks or spiders imaginary fears like monsters distressing events they've seen or experienced.
Screen time for school children: part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle Screen time can be part of a healthy lifestyle for children when it's balanced with other activities that are good for your child's development, like physical play, reading and socialising. Getting the right balance also includes making sure screen time doesn't interfere with sleep.
Why internet safety matters School-age children like going online to look at videos, play games and connect with friends and family. They might also be using the internet for schoolwork and homework. They can do this using computers, mobile phones, tablets, TVs and other devices. Because school-age children are starting to be independent online and might go online unsupervised, there are more internet safety risks for them than there are for younger children.
Benefits of a strong parent-school relationship As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else does. Your child's teachers will want to get to know him too. When you have a strong and respectful relationship with your child's school and teachers, you're in a good position to give them the information they need to help your child get the most out of his education.
About sleeptalking Sleeptalking can happen any time, but it usually happens in the earliest stages of deep sleep. People in deep sleep are hard to wake up and might feel quite drowsy when they do wake up. This means that even if you can get your child into a sleep conversation, your child probably won't remember it in the morning.
Morning routine for school: the whys and hows Children don't understand time in the same way as adults. This can make school mornings a stressful time of day for families. Staying calm and being organised in the morning will help you all feel positive about the day ahead. On the other hand, fighting with children in the morning makes it harder for your child to enjoy school and for you to work well.
What is sexting? Sexting is making sexually suggestive images and sharing these images using mobile phones or by posting them on the internet and social media. The images might be photographs of yourself or someone else naked or partially naked. Young people might call sexting sending a 'nude' or a 'sexy selfie' or 'rude' picture .
Moving schools: preparing your child It's quite common for children to move schools. It's also normal for children to resist change and feel stressed about going to a new school. So if your child is moving schools, the best thing you can do is prepare your child for the change. You can do this by involving your child as much as you can in the process of choosing and moving schools .
About sleep for school-age children When your child sleeps well, he's more settled, happy and ready for school the next day. Good-quality sleep helps your child concentrate, remember things and behave well. This helps him to be a successful learner. Getting enough sleep also strengthens your child's immune system and reduces the risk of infection and illness.
Children and fair play Playing fair is about learning the rules of the game and putting them into practice - whether they're special family rules for card or board games, or the rules at Saturday football. This way, everyone gets to enjoy the experience. In some games, you can make up new rules. This can be a great way for children to learn about solving problems together and being flexible.