4240.0 - Preschool Education, Australia, 2016 Quality Declaration 
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This document was added 08/03/2017.



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 and attended a preschool program from the 2016 Collection. From 2016, the Collection includes all children enrolled at an LDC for which data was supplied in the CCMS, which has contributed to increased coverage of 3 and 6 year old children. However for some of the other 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 state 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. 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
66 895
36 405
39 244
10 593
15 605
2 567
1 460
3 368
Enrolled in a preschool program
69 963
38 137
40 823
11 110
16 437
2 720
1 560
3 542

CHILDREN AGED 6 YEARS

Attending a preschool program
1 124
635
2 129
86
521
64
24
107
Enrolled in a preschool program
1 165
669
2 201
89
544
69
24
108

(a) Cells in this table have been randomly adjusted to avoid the release of confidential data. Discrepancies may occur between sums of the component items and totals.
(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.