Access, quality and equity in early childhood education and care: A South Australian study

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Date
2015-05-29
Authors
Krieg, Susan
Curtis, David D
Hall, Lauren
Westernberg, Luke
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Publisher
Australian Journal of Education
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Copyright © Australian Council for Educational Research 2015
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Australian Council for Educational Research
Abstract
While much is known about the factors related to student performance beyond Grade 3 less is known about the factors that are related to student performance in early childhood education and the early years in primary school. As part of the 'I go to school' project in South Australia, this study tracked children attending integrated preschool/childcare centres -known as Children's Centres- as they made their transition to school. Results indicated that children who attended early childhood education programs that were of higher quality as characterised by higher staff qualifications and a greater range and more engaging children's activities showed a greater gain in cognitive development than children who attended lower quality programs. Findings also suggested that children who benefited the most from attendance in these programs were children from backgrounds of greater social disadvantage than children from less disadvantaged backgrounds.
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Australian Journal of Education, 59/2, May/2015 published by SAGE Publishing, All rights reserved
Keywords
student performance, early childhood education, I go to school project, Early childhood education, transition to school, social disadvantage, cognitive development, children's centres, Child care
Citation
Krieg, S., Curtis, D., Hall, L., & Westenberg, L. (2015). Access, quality and equity in early childhood education and care: A South Australian study. Australian Journal Of Education, 59(2), 119-132.