SNAICC Townhall – Improving ECEC Access for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families and Children
May 2, 2023 - May 2, 2023
When Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have access to early childhood education, the benefits last a lifetime. They start ready to school and have access to the same opportunities as non-Indigenous children.
However, currently, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are 67% less likely to attend early childhood education and care than non-Indigenous children and are as a direct result 2.5X more likely to be developmentally vulnerable. And despite efforts taken in the past to help close the gap, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children still face many structural barriers preventing them from accessing the vital care they need in their early years.
This event provides an opportunity to hear directly from the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander early years workforce about the experiences of families accessing early learning services and support. They will speak about their personal experiences and detail the many challenges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children still have to overcome when it comes to early learning access.
Minister for Early Childhood Education, Anne Aly and Minister for Indigenous Australians, Linda Burney will also be speaking at the event.