This publication presents statistics on children enrolled in and attending a preschool program across Australia in 2017. It will be released in the following two stages:
· Four summary tables plus one appendix table, with brief Key Findings and Explanatory Notes – released on 15 February 2018.
· Thirty one tables, with expanded Key Findings and Explanatory Notes appendices including jurisdictional Data Quality Statements – scheduled for release early March 2018.
The key findings in the first release are:
· Preschool Enrolments: In 2017, there were 339,243 children aged 4 or 5 years old enrolled in a preschool program in Australia, up 2.6% from 2016. Of these, 17,455 were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, a 7.2% increase.
· Remoteness Areas: There were 7,092 children aged 4 or 5 years enrolled in Remote/Very Remote areas of Australia. Almost 39% (2,736) of this group were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
· Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas: Of the children enrolled in a preschool program in Australia, 22% resided in the fifth SEIFA quintile (least disadvantaged), and 17% resided in the first quintile (most disadvantaged).