At Little Geniuses Publishing, we know that there is more to your child’s development than just reading. That’s why we have developed a list of our favourite things to help with your child’s educational growth outside the classroom!
Each of our picks addresses a unique aspect of The Australian Early Development Census’s (AEDC) five important areas of child development.
The Australian Early Development Census
AEDC is an Australian government initiative. The nationwide survey has tracked the development of young Australian children and identified five important areas of child development:
Physical Health and Wellbeing
Activities that will develop your child’s gross and fine motor skills, coordination and overall fitness.
These activities include:
- Team sports.
- Dance lessons.
- Music lessons.
Social competence is an indicator of your child’s social skills. It is measured by their ability to get along with other children and their self-confidence in social situations. Other indicators of social competence include:
- Respect for others and their property.
- Responsibility for actions.
- Independent learning.
- Ability to follow instructions.
- Readiness to explore new things.
Children can recognise and express their own feelings. According to the AEDC, children who are developmentally vulnerable show:
- Anxious and fearful behaviour.
- Aggressive behaviour.
- Hyperactivity and inattention.
Language and Cognitive Skills (School-Based)
While these language and cognitive skills are often developed in a school environment, it is pivotal that your child also develops a positive approach to learning. All children differ in the ways they approach new challenges and problems. Activities in this section will foster your child’s curiosity, interest and ability to remain attentive.
Communication Skills and General Knowledge.
The activities in this area will help your child learn how the world works and develop their imagination and problem solving skills.