The City of Bunbury is committed to raising the awareness of the lifelong benefits children and their community can receive as a result of investing resources and energy into our children’s early years through the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). The AEDC measures how young children are developing in different communities. Bunbury can celebrate the significant decrease in the number of children who are developmentally vulnerable, from 2009 to 2015, with significant gains in the domains of social competence and language and cognitive skills.

The Five domains measured through the AEDC across Australia in Pre-Primary are:

Physical health and wellbeing (dressing appropriately, independence, fine and gross motor skills)

Social competence (get along with their friends, play, cooperate, take turns, follow rules, solve problems, show curiosity)

Emotional maturity (invite others to join in their play, enjoy school, solve conflict, helping others, wait their turn)

Language and cognitive skills (sounds and letters, rhyming, write their name, interested in books, numbers and maths, counting)

Communication skills and general knowledge (communicate, storytelling, imaginative play, general knowledge)

The Ecological Model of Child Development: Bronfenbrenner (1979)

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The ecological model above demonstrates the importance of parents and families working in partnership with the community throughout childhood. Environmental influences, such as peers, cultural groups, neighbours, schools, playgroups, health services and their broader economic environment play a crucial role in a child’s development, with each layer influencing the development of the whole child.