National Report on Schooling in Australia 2010

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education

7.1 Readiness for school

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010–2014 makes the following statement:

            Participation in culturally inclusive, high quality early childhood education programs and care can assist Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children to get the best start in life. These programs build upon the rich cultural, linguistic and conceptual skills that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children bring to early childhood education and:
  • promote early engagement with learning

  • provide a strong foundation for future educational achievement

  • encourage the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children from birth

  • support children in their transition to school.¹

‘The proportion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander children who are enrolled in and attending (where possible to measure) a preschool program’ is specified as a performance indicator in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010–2014 (p. 10).
 
There are no national level data for this indicator for 2010. Data for this indicator are expected to be reported in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010–2014 Annual Report from 2011.
 
The publication of enrolment data for the early childhood/preschool sector is outside the reporting scope of the National Report on Schooling in Australia.

¹ MCEECDYA, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Action Plan 2010–2014, p. 9.