4240.0 - Preschool Education, Australia, 2018 Quality Declaration 
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APPENDIX 2 - ESTIMATES OF 3 AND 6 YEAR OLD CHILDREN IN A PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

Table A3 below contains the counts of 3 and 6 year old children who were enrolled in and attended a preschool program in 2018. Since 2016, the Collection has included all children enrolled at a CBDC centre for which data was supplied in the CCSS, which has contributed to increased coverage of 3 and 6 year old children. However for some of the jurisdictional data sources, the reporting of 3 and 6 year olds enrolled in a preschool program is not mandatory and as a consequence the Collection does not have complete coverage.

The 3 and 6 year old preschool data were also influenced by the different service delivery and funding models that exist throughout Australia. For some states and territories, and within some sectors, 3 year old preschool programs are only available for children who meet special preschool program early entry requirements. Enrolments for 6 year olds differ according to primary school starting age (see the Explanatory Notes).

Due to the limitations associated with 3 and 6 year old preschool data, care should be taken when interpreting and using the table below for statistical analysis or comparison to other data. The presented data is incomplete and does not provide an accurate and consistent view of the 3 year old population within or across states and territories. The data is presented with the aim of continuing to improve the coverage in future Collections.


A3 ESTIMATES OF 3 AND 6 YEAR OLD CHILDREN IN A PRESCHOOL PROGRAM(a)(b)

NSW
Vic.
Qld
SA
WA
Tas.
NT
ACT

CHILDREN AGED 3 YEARS

Attending a preschool program
68 376
40 858
40 125
11 179
16 757
2 753
1 522
3 893
Enrolled in a preschool program
68 619
40 862
40 251
11 238
16 881
2 753
1 574
3 893

CHILDREN AGED 6 YEARS

Attending a preschool program
1 216
793
2 332
90
587
101
19
197
Enrolled in a preschool program
1 216
802
2 332
90
587
101
16
197

(a) Cells in this table have been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential data.
(b) Due to the data limitations associated with 3 and 6 year old preschool data, care should be taken when interpreting and using the table for statistical analysis or comparison.