Journal article

Preschool attendance and early childhood development outcomes in the first year of school for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in New South Wales, Australia

Mikaela Jorgensen, Kathleen Falster, Mark Hanly, Sharon Goldfeld, Louisa Jorm, Rhonda Craven

International Journal of Population Data Science | Swansea University | Published : 2017

Abstract

ABSTRACT ObjectivesA key target to reduce the gap in early childhood outcomes between Australian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children has been to increase preschool enrolment rates, particularly in remote communities. However, there is little population-based information on preschool attendance and its impact on child development for Aboriginal children specifically. This study aims to examine: (i) the characteristics of children, families and areas associated with preschool attendance; and (ii) the association between preschool attendance and childhood development in the first year of school for Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in Australia’s most populous state, New South Wales (N..

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