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Improving Indigenous Access to Early Childhood Services in Urban and Regional Areas

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posted on 2012-08-01, 00:00 authored by Vicki WareVicki Ware
The literature on how to improve Indigenous access to early childhood services consists mainly of program descriptions and documented practice experience, with a limited number of formal program evaluations.
Accessible early childhood services fulfil four overlapping dimensions. They are physically accessible; economically accessible (affordable); appropriate (comprehensive and non-discriminatory); and acceptable (respect and acknowledge culture).
The literature suggests that there are five types of barriers to accessible early childhood services: individual; program; provider; social and neighbourhood; and cultural.
It is not sufficient to just improve access—engagement strategies are also necessary to get families involved in the services that may benefit them.

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Volume

17

Series

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse Resource Sheet

Pagination

1 - 20

Publisher

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Place of publication

Canberra

ISSN

2201-845X

ISBN-13

978-1-74249-336-7

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This research output may contain the names and images of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people now deceased. We apologise for any distress that may occur.

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English

Commissioning body

Closing the Gap Clearinghouse; http://www.aihw.gov.au/closingthegap/

Publication classification

A6 Research report/technical paper

Copyright notice

2012, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

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