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CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE SURVEY
Interviews were conducted over a two-week period between 9-21 June 2008. Information collected about the use of child care, and attendance at preschool, in a reference week related to the week prior to interview; except in Tasmania where school holidays prohibited this and the reference period 26 May to 1 June 2008 was used.
Frequency of Collection
Method of collection
In each selected household, detailed information about the child care arrangements for each child was collected for a maximum of two children. Information was obtained from an adult who permanently resided in the selected household and was either the child's parent, step-parent or guardian. In selected households with more than two children aged 0-12 years, two children were randomly selected and the complete set of child care information was collected for them. Summary information was collected for any additional children, including the number attending child care; Child Care Benefit arrangements; and the cost of formal and informal care.
The Childhood Education and Care Survey publication and microdata file (confidentialised unit record file) were released on the ABS website on 29 July 2009.
Childhood Education and Care, Australia, June 2008 (ABS cat. no. 4402.0)
Child Care, Australia, June 2005 (ABS cat. no. 4402.0)
Data are available for Australia, state and territory, and capital city/balance of state (excluding territories). Two additional variables, linked to the 2006 Census of Population and Housing findings, are also available. The first, the Index of Relative Socio-Economic Disadvantage, is outlined in the Information Paper: An Introduction to Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA), 2006 (ABS cat. no. 2039.0). The second, the Remoteness Areas defined for the 2006 Census, are defined in Chapter 8 of Statistical Geography Volume 1 - Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC), Jul 2006 (ABS cat. no. 1216.0). While the Remoteness Areas are based on distance, the SEIFA Indexes are derived from Census data about the residents of an area.
Customised tables are available on request, including a set of state/territory tables. For users who wish to undertake more detailed analysis of the survey data, microdata is available in the form of a confidentialised unit record file (CURF). The CURF is only available via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL), which is a secure Internet-based data query service. Technical information describing the content and use of the CURF is available in the Technical Manual.
Microdata: Childhood Education and Care, Expanded CURF, Australia, June 2008 (ABS cat. no. 4402.0.55.001)
Childhood Education and Care, Expanded CURF, Australia, Technical Manual, June 2008 (ABS cat. no. 4402.0.55.002)
The CEaCS dataset contains some 200 variables, grouped into the following topics—
Child care and preschool arrangements
Types of care arrangements used
Childcare arrangements for specific formal care types
Requirements for Long day care or Preschool
Requirements for additional formal care
Alternative care and work arrangements to help with children's needs
Special education needs
Vacation (school holiday) care
Informal care arrangements
Parental involvement in informal learning activities
Economic variables, such as family income, and the costs of child care, are also available.
The survey was initially conducted in May 1969, then in May 1973, May 1977, June 1980, and November 1984; then three-yearly from 1987 onwards, mainly in June. The topic was collected in November of 1990, and March of 1996. The survey age scope changed in 2005, to children aged under 13 years. The previous surveys covered children aged under 12 years only.
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