Queensland children are less likely to go to preschool than children in other states and territories of Australia as reported by the 2012 Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) study.
NSW Community Childcare Co-operative recently reported that NSW children have less access to preschool (74.7 percent), but this came only second to Queensland, which had a rate of 58.6 percent translating to children who were less likely to attend early care education than those in NSW.
Meanwhile, children in Tasmania had the most possibility of children enrolling in early education (97 percent), closely followed by children in SA (96 percent)
The report used feedback gathered from early education teachers regarding developmental domains of the students in 5 sectors, namely physical health and wellbeing, social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills (school-based), and communication skills and general knowledge.
Other results reported by the Index showed that overall, most children are doing well in the AEDI developmental areas, with 22 percent developmentally vulnerable on one or more domain/s, and 10 percent developmentally vulnerable on two or more domains.
Although Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are developmentally on track on all five AEDI developmental areas, it was reported that indigenous children are more than twice as likely to be developmentally vulnerable than the rest of the children in other regions.
Females are less likely to be developmentally vulnerable on one or more domains compared to males.
Comparing 2012 survey results from the study made in 2009, it was concluded that children had lowered rates of developmental vulnerability today, with only one in five (22 percent) children developmentally vulnerable compared to 2009’s 23.6 percent.
The developmental vulnerability of indigenous children also improved, only 43.2 percent are vulnerable, compared to 2009’s 47.4 percent. Overall, there is a lower rate of children who are developmentally vulnerable across each of the five domains in 2012 compared to results in 2009. Only the physical health and wellbeing remained unchanged at 9.3 percent. Physical health and wellbeing comprises being dressed appropriately, coming to school early, well-fed and not tired, exhibiting physical independence, handedness and coordination, and having fine motor skills.
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