Aboriginal preschoolers celebrated at Parliament House
The importance of preschool will be highlighted at a National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day event at Parliament NSW today.
Minister for Early Childhood Education and Aboriginal Affairs Leslie Williams said research showed that a quality early education gives children the best start in life, setting them up for success at school.
“It also shows that Aboriginal children too often miss out on early education, and that family and community expectations and the way in which services are delivered are significant factors in this,” Mrs Williams said.
“That’s why the NSW Government is implementing a raft of measures to ensure that more Aboriginal children have access to 600 hours of preschool education and the real benefits it brings.
“From grants and scholarships to funding incentives and support programs, our initiatives are squarely aimed where they matter most – boosting early childhood education attendance among 3 to 5 year old Aboriginal children in the years before entering school.”
Mrs Williams said the new Preschool Funding Model is already having a positive impact, with a 5 per cent increase in enrolments of Aboriginal children between 2013 and 2014.
Mrs Williams will join Aboriginal leaders, early childhood educators and Aboriginal preschoolers to celebrate the annual event today with a dance performance and a “Children’s QandA” session.
For more information visit: www.dec.nsw.gov.au/what-we-offer/regulation-and-accreditation/early-childhood-education-care/aboriginal-access.