4240.0 - Preschool Education, Australia, 2018 Quality Declaration 
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MEDIA RELEASE
15 March 2019
Embargoed: 11.30 am (Canberra time)

Preschool programs reach most Australian children

In 2018 there were 342,479 children aged four or five years enrolled in a preschool program with the majority (95 per cent) enrolled for 15 hours or more per week, according to the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures released today.

ABS Education and Training Statistics Director, Michelle Ducat said: ”Across Australia, more than 4 out of 5 four-year-olds were enrolled in a preschool program along with 1 in 5 five-year-olds.

Of the total number of children enrolled in a preschool program, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children made up 5 per cent (18,253)”.

This latest report shows 50 per cent of preschool program enrolments were in centre based day care centres, 42 per cent in preschools and 8 per cent across both providers.


Further information can be found in Preschool Education, Australia, 2018 (cat. no. 4240.0) available for free download from the ABS website.

Media Note:

  • When reporting ABS data, you must attribute the Australian Bureau of Statistics (or ABS) as the source.
  • Data for the report were sourced from preschool program service providers, collected mainly from the Australian, state and territory governments.
  • A preschool program (also known as an early childhood education program) is a structured, play-based learning program, delivered by a degree qualified teacher, aimed at children in the year or two before they commence full-time schooling.
  • A child is considered to be Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander if he or she is identified by a parent/guardian as being of Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander origin.
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