ERIC Number: ED400041
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Victoria Dept. of Human Services, Melbourne (Australia).
A policy of the Victoria (Australia) government is to provide all Victorian children access to 1 year of preschool prior to entry into the formal education system. This paper provides an overview of preschool programs funded by the Department of Health and Community Services (H&CS) during 1994. The first section of the report gives a statistical overview of the 1994 preschool program. This section contains the 1994 funded enrollment figure, that is, the total number of enrollments which attracted funding in February 1994, or later in the year as additional enrollments. These figures represent the official 1994 preschool figures. Also included in this section is information relating to the number of preschool locations which received State Government preschool funding in 1994 as well as other programs for children offered from these locations. The second section provides analyses of the data, collected primarily via the "Preschool Monitoring Form-1994, under the following topics: Enrollments, Koorie Children, Children from a Non-English Speaking Background (NESB), Health Card Holders, Fees, Program Delivery, Staff Hours, Volunteer Contribution, and Support Services. These analyses indicate that participation in preschool programs was very high, with 93.3 percent of eligible 4-year-olds attended preschool. However, only half of eligible Koorie children attending preschool. Children with NESB backgrounds comprised 15.2 percent of 1994 preschool population, concentrated in metropolitan regions. Approximately 30 percent of 1994 enrollments were Health Card holders. There was a trend toward greater flexibility in program delivery in 1994. Overall, it appears that initial fears that preschool programs would have to either close or increase fees to operate under new funding conditions were unfounded, although volunteer hours play a large part in maintaining programs. (WJC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Victoria Dept. of Human Services, Melbourne (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia