Australian Bureau of Statistics
4240.0.55.001 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection Manual, 2010
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These guidelines aim to facilitate the delivery of nationally comparable ECEC statistics from 2011 onwards.
The manual is intended to assist jurisdictions with data collection activities. It is an important initial resource for 2011 data development activities. The manual also details information for data users about future plans and collection improvements.
The manual is divided into two components:
As this is the first year of the collection, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) have documented the data collection guidelines and data limitations based on knowledge of the data and collection processes. The ABS have sought jurisdictional feedback throughout the process and welcome further suggestions for improvements to future editions of the manual.
THE PURPOSE OF THE COLLECTION
The National ECEC Collection has been established to provide comparable jurisdictional statistics on ECEC. Statistics produced through the collection are designed to report key performance indicators to measure progress of the National Partnership on Early Childhood Education (NP ECE). Chapter 6, Collection Background and Governance, provides further context to the collection, including information on governance, the NP ECE and performance indicators.
Statistics produced through the National ECEC Collection will provide improvements in the quality and accessibility of national ECEC data. The collection is underpinned by standards within the Early Childhood Education and Care National Minimum Data Set (ECEC NMDS). Further information on the ECEC NMDS is available on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare website:
Jurisdictions are working closely with the ABS to align established jurisdictional collections to the ECEC NMDS, and further developments are planned for future collections.
One of the main benefits of the collection is that it develops the potential for comparability between jurisdictions and provides a basis for evaluating change over time. Data will be published annually, with the first release being Experimental Estimates of Preschool Education, Australia, 2010 (cat. no. 4240.0), in April 2011.
USE AND MAINTENANCE OF THE MANUAL
The National ECEC Collection Manual has been developed within the ABS by the Education and Training Statistics Administrative Data Centre. Further collection improvements are planned, and changes in data collection capabilities and methodologies across jurisdictions will necessitate updates to this manual on an annual basis.
Users of the manual should contact the ABS by emailing <email@example.com> or freecall 1300 135 070 if they are experiencing any difficulties in applying rules or requirements of the manual.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.
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