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The age distribution of children enrolled in a preschool program varies across the states and territories because of differences in the age provisions for entry to preschool and school. In 2016, there were 280,646 children aged 4 years enrolled in a preschool program, representing 89% of the estimated resident population of the same age. There were 64,027 children enrolled aged 5 years, representing 21% of the estimated resident population of the same age. For Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, the enrolment rates by age were lower at 84% for 4 year old children and 16% for 5 year old children.
There were 7,352 children aged 4 or 5 years enrolled in Remote/Very Remote areas of Australia. Almost 40% (2,921) of this group were Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
In the Northern Territory, 43% of all preschool program enrolments were in Remote/Very Remote areas, while in each of the other states and territory Remote/Very Remote areas accounted for less than 10% of enrolments.
Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas
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