Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are more likely to start school developmentally behind other children in their age group and experts say this is because they are less likely to have spent time in early childhood education centres.
Childcare centres run by Indigenous community organisations are an alternative to mainstream centres, and they are creating welcoming spaces for children and their families to develop and thrive.
Still, many barriers stand in the way.
Wayne Griffiths, head of the Winanga-Li Aboriginal Child and Family Centres, based in Gunnedah, Brewarrina, and Lightning Ridge in NSW. Wayne is a Kamilaroi man
Richard Weston, Chief Executive Officer of SNAICC, which advocates for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. Richard is a descendant of the Meriam people of the Torres Strait