Australian Bureau of Statistics
4240.0.55.002 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Data Collection Guide, 2012
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AGGREGATE DATA INSTRUCTIONS
Government funding type was included for testing in the 2011 ABS data request as an additional item. This data item has since been refined for the 2012 collection and included in the endorsed National Minimum Data Set (NMDS) for ECEC, with the aim of utilising the ABS 2012 National ECEC Collection for Productivity Commission reporting of preschool information within RoGS, dependent on the outcomes on the investigations of the CSWG sub-group, and its recommendations to the RoGS steering committee.
Together with existing data elements, the new elements are described in the 'metadata dictionary' sheet within the aggregate data request template. More detailed descriptions are provided in Chapter 2, Data Element Collection Instructions, and the 2012 aggregate ECEC NMDS.
ADDITIONAL REQUESTED DATA ELEMENTS
Geographic location of organisation (Meshblock code, 2011 ASGS)
To align with the new geography standard, the Australian Statistical Geography Standard (ASGS) is progressively being implemented from July 2011. The ABS requests that Meshblock be provided, in addition to Statistical Area level 1 (SA1) and Collection District (CD), for the Service provider organisation. The collection of these geography standards will allow comparability of 2011 and 2012 data to future year’s collections.
OTHER CHANGES TO ECEC NMDS DATA ELEMENTS
Care should be taken to ensure aggregate counts are supplied in the correct classification field. New categories and changes to categories have occurred in the 2012 ECEC NMDS. Where applicable, the ABS has incorporated the changes into the 2012 Aggregate data template. For more information on these changes and other definitional or wording changes, see Appendix 1: Overview of Changes to the ECEC NMDS.
Enrolment and attendance episode counts are required to be disaggregated by Indigenous status and Age. Amalgamated counts of children by age and Indigenous status codes 1 to 9 inclusive will be output as 'Total Episodes'. Ages of children must reflect a single year of age, in completed years, as at 1 July 2012. If data are collected over a 2 week (or longer) reference period, jurisdictions must derive data to a representative week. Refer to Chapter 2, Data Element Collection Instructions, for further information on the collection and reporting of aggregate data.
AGGREGATE DATA REQUEST
Statistical entity: Service provider organisation
Statistical entity: Child
The following 2 classifications are sought in conjunction with Number of preschool program enrolments and Number of children attending a preschool program, to produce the 32 combinations of child episodes listed further below.
Episodes of enrolment (Aggregate)
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