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ERIC Number: ED520165
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-May
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 60
Early Childhood and Education Services for Indigenous Children Prior to Starting School. Resource Sheet No. 7 for the Closing the Gap Clearinghouse
Sims, Margaret
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
The National Partnership Agreement for Indigenous Early Childhood Development (COAG 2008a) aims to halve the gap in mortality rates for Indigenous children under five within a decade, halve the gap for Indigenous students in reading, writing and numeracy within a decade, and ensure all Indigenous 4-year-olds have access to quality early childhood education within five years, including in remote areas. The National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children (COAG 2009b) takes a preventative approach in addressing family preservation/support. In this approach, where policy may be ahead of community practice, a social marketing approach (Horsfall et al. 2010) would be useful in increasing public awareness of the importance of parenting, child rearing and early childhood services generally, in order to create communities more supportive of families and more child- and family-friendly. The framework also offers a targeted approach focusing both on families who are vulnerable and families who are at risk. The National Early Childhood Development Strategy (COAG 2009a) argues the need to strengthen universal maternal, child and family health services, provide support for vulnerable children, engage parents and the community in understanding the importance of early childhood development (ECD), improve early childhood infrastructure, strengthen the workforce across ECD and family support services, and build better information and a solid evidence base. A list of electronic resources is also provided. [The Closing the Gap Clearinghouse is a Council of Australian Governments initiative, jointly funded by all Australian governments. It is being delivered by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Family Studies.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare
Identifiers - Location: Australia