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You are your child’s first and most important teacher

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) has recently launched a project in partnership between Communities for Children, Best Start and Greater Shepparton City Council to raise awareness and demonstrate to families with children aged 0-5 years that they are their child’s first and most important teachers.

As part of the project, a range of free resources are available for families including activity sheets, tips for parents to improve communication with their children, and rhyme and story time sessions in Goulburn Valley Regional Libraries located in Shepparton, Mooroopna and Tatura. 


The project

The AEDC measures five important areas of early childhood development across five domains: physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills (school-based), and communication skills and general knowledge. 

The aim of the AEDC project is to promote and show families that there are many ways to support their child’s growth and development through every day, no-cost activities.  

This project also aims to contribute to improving Greater Shepparton’s Australian Early Development Census profile, which over the past two collections rounds (2015 & 2018) showed increasing numbers of local children being assessed as developmentally “at risk” or “vulnerable” across one or more of the AEDC domains at the time of starting primary school.


Free resources

Watch the Communication Skills and General Knowledge video here.

Videos in different languages:


Tips for parents - Communicating well with babies and children:

Read the article here.


Activity sheets for families:


Discover rhyme and story time sessions at the Goulburn Valley Regional Library in Shepparton, Mooroopna and Tatura: https://greatershepparton.com.au/region/library


Learn more about our Communities for Children program below:

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15 December 2021
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