Wellbeing Snapshots

Aboriginal children in preschool

In South Australia, Aboriginal children may start preschool when they turn 3. Also known as kindergarten, a preschool program is a structured, play based learning program, delivered by a degree qualified teacher.

In 2018, there were 1,924 Aboriginal children aged 3-5 years enrolled in a preschool program in South Australia (798 aged 3 years, 909 aged 4 years and 217 aged 5 years).

The proportion of Aboriginal children aged 3 years enrolled in a preschool program in South Australia in 2018 was 82%. This is an increase from 62% in 2013.

In the region which covers Adelaide, Mount Gambier, the Riverland, Yorke Peninsula and Kangaroo Island there were 1,364 Aboriginal children aged 3-5 years enrolled in a preschool program. In the region of which covers Port Augusta, Whyalla, Coober Pedy and most of the Far North communities there were 423 Aboriginal children aged 3-5 years enrolled in a preschool program. In the Port Lincoln – Ceduna region there were 135 enrolments for Aboriginal children aged 3-5 in a preschool program.

Language Spoken at Home

There are over 57,000 children and young people under the age of 15 in South Australia who speak a language other than English at home.

Most of these children and young people live in metropolitan Adelaide with a significant proportion living in the northern regions of Adelaide. The Salisbury region has more than 9,000 children and young people who speak a language other than English at home and the Port Adelaide region has nearly 8,000.

At the 2016 Australian Census, there were 892 Aboriginal children and young people under the age of 15 who spoke an Australian Indigenous Language at home. Of these, 466 spoke Pitjantjatjara and 96 spoke Ngarrindjeri.

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