Aboriginal early childhood education

Partner with us to support First Nations children in their early years.

Aboriginal early childhood education

Partner with us to support First Nations children in their early years.

Early Childhood Care and Development

A child’s experiences during their early years have a significant impact on their future development. With twice as many Indigenous children considered developmentally vulnerable compared to non-Indigenous children, early childhood learning becomes a crucial foundation for life-long learning.

Aboriginal children participate in community-run playgroups.

That’s why World Vision’s Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) program is such a game changer. This program is a unique collaboration with local communities that is helping remote Indigenous children access a strong and positive learning environment, delivered in a culturally-appropriate and locally-led way.

Children are able to participate in community-run playgroups that promote “both-ways” learning. This approach to education values and celebrates culture, with mainstream and Indigenous learning complementing and strengthening each other.

How playgroups support children – and parents


Jaidene has started bringing her two-year-old daughter Josephine to one of the Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) playgroups supported by World Vision.

Early years are a critical time for children. Without a supportive, culturally sensitive learning environment, many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children can fall behind. 

Josephine, with her two-year-old daughter Jaidene, who both attends one of the ECCD playgroups

"First Josephine was shy, now she isn’t. She’s getting to know the other kids. She talks more too. She is starting to share, yeah, she’s learnt how to share,” says Jaidene, age 20, a mother at playgroup.

More than that, parents like Jaidene are active participants and some take on community facilitator roles that offer employment and training for local women to lead the playgroups.

It’s more than a playgroup – and with the help of supporters like you, we are continuing to strengthen partnerships that make this kind of work possible. That includes our relationships with local leaders, parents, Aboriginal organisations, schools and community-based groups.  

Indigenous children at an early childhood care development program

Our work supporting First Nations Australians

When you support World Vision’s work in Australia, you are partnering with a community of First Nations and non-First Nations people who want to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. 

We adapt our successful community-led development approach from around the world to partner with First Nations communities, charities and organisations to help support them to lead their own development and realise their own goals.

You can be a part of this journey and a part of our shared story – connecting with and listening to the voice of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. Together, we can create stronger future for all.  

Learn more about other ways you can support Aboriginal communities, including our Young Mob program for First Nations students.

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