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released: 20 Jul 2011 author: AIHW

The Council of Australian Governments released the National Early Childhood Development Strategy, Investing in the Early Years in July 2009. The ECD Outcomes Framework in the strategy focuses on what Australia needs to achieve to fulfil the vision that 'by 2020 all children have the best start in life to create a better future for themselves and for the nation'. The early years of a child's life lays the foundation for future health, development, learning and wellbeing. This report outlines the process of developing an indicator-based reporting framework for early childhood development, and establishes a recommended high-level set of indicators to measure progress against the ECD Outcomes Framework in the strategy. It presents the results of a review of existing national and international frameworks related to early childhood development; research evidence on aspects of early childhood development most strongly associated with child health, development and wellbeing outcomes; and outlines the selection process for identifying indicators.

ISBN 978-1-74249-114-1; Cat. no. PHE 134; 128pp.; Internet only

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Publication table of contents

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Summary  
  • Body section
    1. Introduction
      • 1.1 National Early Childhood Development Strategy background
      • 1.2 The project: national outcome measures for early childhood development
      • 1.3 Other related activities
    2. Review of existing reporting on early childhood development
      • 2.1 Reviewing child and youth reporting frameworks
      • 2.2 Establishing framework domains
      • 2.3 Mapping the ECD Outcomes Framework to the key domains
      • 2.4 Indicator mapping
    3. Literature review
    4. Indicator areas for early childhood development
      • 4.1 Identification of key indicator areas
      • 4.2 Refining the number of indicator areas
      • 4.3 Selection of indicators for the Early Childhood Development Reporting Framework
      • 4.4 Next steps
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix 1: Ecological model
      • Appendix 2: Overview of early childhood development frameworks
      • Appendix 3: Literature review summaries
      • Appendix 4: Children’s Headline Indicators
      • Appendix 5: Summary of use of conceptual models
      • Appendix 6: Workshop participants
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2011. National outcome measures for early childhood development: development of indicator based reporting framework. Cat. no. PHE 134. Canberra: AIHW. Viewed 25 July 2014 <http://www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=10737419493>.