Over the past decade government policies and programmes have been implemented to support Aboriginal children to attend ECEC, particularly in the year prior to school entry, in order to enhance school readiness and aid with the transition to school (Commonwealth of Australia, 2017; Jackiewicz, Saggers & Frances, 2011; Mason-White, 2014; SNAICC, 2015).
Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC).
Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC
) (2013) Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: Aims and Core Elements, Melbourne.
Only when the values, knowledge and experience of community members are represented can ECEC programs be tailored to cultural priorities (Ball, 2005; Mitchell et al., 2006) that emphasise the importance of family and community in child learning (SNAICC
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submission to the Federal Government's National Quality Framework (2008) outlines a number of principles required in the development of culturally appropriate services and facilities.
For some the argument is that Indigenous control of child care is the best practice but, when this is unavailable, the incorporation of culturally appropriate elements for Indigenous children with mainstream settings can partially fulfil some culturally appropriate care needs for them (Fasoli & Moss, 2007; SNAICC
Secretariat National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC
Metropolitan consultations were held during the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care's (SNAICC
) state conferences where possible.
Culturally strong programs incorporate a firm understanding of a community's history, standards, beliefs, values and practices, together with the incorporation of these into the daily early learning and care experiences of children, families and communities (Hutchins et al., 2007; SNAICC
, 2004; SNAICC
and Department of Family and Community Services.
Since that time, the Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC
), NCAC and the Department of Families, Communities and Indigenous Affairs (FaCSIA) have been engaged in a process of examining the viability of an Indigenous Quality Assurance process.