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4240.0.55.002 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Data Collection Guide, 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/03/2012  First Issue
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Technical name: Child - preschool program attendance indicator, yes/no code N
METeOR identifier: 436120
METeOR link:
METeOR definition: An indicator of whether the child attended a preschool program, as represented by a code.

Inclusions: All children enrolled in a preschool program.
Exclusions: Children not enrolled in a preschool program.

Underlying Concepts
Concepts: Preschool program attendance.
Nominal definition: A child who is enrolled in a preschool program and has attended the preschool program for at least one hour during the reference period.
Operational definition: Consistent with nominal definition.
Supporting data elements:

Conceptual issues: N/A

Standard Jurisdictional Output Categories
Representation class: Code
Data type: Boolean
Format: N, for example: 1
Maximum character length: 1
Classification values:
      1 - Yes
      2 - No
Supplementary values:
      9 - Not stated/inadequately described


Edit specificationsEdit resolution

If field is blank.Provide a valid preschool program attendance indicator, otherwise amend to code ‘9’.

If field contains text or character length is greater than 1.Provide a valid preschool program attendance indicator.

If attendance indicator is not code 1, 2, or 9.Provide a valid preschool program attendance indicator.

Classification Definitions
CODE 1 Yes
Record if the child:
  • has attended a preschool program for at least one hour during the reference period.

Record if the child:
  • did not attend a preschool program in the reference period, OR
  • was absent during the reference period due to illness or extended holiday leave.

CODE 9 Not stated/inadequately described
For use when the child's attendance in the preschool program is unknown, not stated or inadequately described. Where this data element is unknown, the ABS requests that jurisdictions identify the reason for the unknown response and document any follow-up processes undertaken.

Other Information
Related aggregate data elements: Number of children attending a preschool program.

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