Abstract: Foundations for Success – guidelines for an early learning program in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Communities was developed in 2007–08 by the then Queensland Department of Education, Training and the Arts. Developed in collaboration with Indigenous education experts, academics and educators, it is unique in its applicability to early childhood educators working in pre-Prep settings in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities in Queensland. Pre-Prep is a non-compulsory part-time early childhood education program targeting 3½ to 4½ year old children living in 29 Cape York and Torres Strait communities, as well as six other discrete Aboriginal communities. Pre-Prep programs are a key plank of the commitment to ensure children living in Indigenous communities have access to high quality and consistent early childhood education programs. The study was undertaken in three phases over 2009–10 in six of the 35 sites where the program is being implemented. The overall methodology adopted in this study was one of the non-Indigenous evaluator honouring the cultural and professional knowledge and traditions of the communities, educational settings, educators, families and children in each of the sites chosen for the evaluation. The study considered data derived from audio-recorded conversational interviews undertaken during four visits to each of the sites. As well, contextual information for each site was gathered through informal conversations and observations within the communities.
Notes: produced on behalf of Queensland Government (Department of Education and Training, Division of Indigenous Education and Training Futures)
Bob Perry, 2011, Evaluation of the implementation of Foundations for Success – guidelines for an early learning program in Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities: Final report, Report, viewed 10 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3045.