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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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TYPE OF WORK ACTIVITY


Technical name: Person (employed) - type of work activity, early childhood education and care, code N
METeOR identifier: 441555
METeOR link: http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/441555
METeOR definition: The main type of work performed by a person in an early childhood education and care service, as represented by a code.

Scope
Inclusions: All paid persons working within early childhood education and care services.
Exclusions: Unpaid persons working within early childhood education and care services.

Underlying Concepts
Concept: Type of work activity.
Nominal definition: The type of work activity is the main type of work performed by a person during the reference period, regardless of whether this is different to their usual type of work.
Operational definition: The total number of paid workers within an early childhood education and care service, disaggregated by each of the Type of work activity classifications.
Conceptual issues:

  • 'Main' is defined as the type of work that the person spends the majority of time performing during the reference period.

Standard Jurisdictional Output Categories
Representation class: Total
Data type: Number
Format: N[NN]
Maximum character length: 3
Classification values:
      1 - Primary contact
      2 - Other contact
      3 - Management/administration
      4 - Other work

Supplementary values:
      9 - Not stated/inadequately described

2.5.2 LEGAL VALUE CHECKS


Edit specificationsEdit resolution

1.
If field is blank.Provide a valid number of workers, otherwise amend to ‘0’ for the particular work activity category.

2.
If field contains text or character length is greater than 3.Provide a valid number of workers for the particular work activity category.



Guide for Use
Counting rules:
  • The type of work activity should be reported for the main type of work performed by a person during the reference period, regardless of whether this is different to their usual type of work.

Classification Definitions
CODE 1 Primary contact
A 'primary contact worker' mainly has direct contact with children. This may include but is not limited to teachers, teachers' assistants/aides, specialist teachers and therapists.

CODE 2 Other contact
An 'other contact worker' has some duties involving direct contact with children, but deals mainly with staffing or management issues such as supervising staff and handling queries from parents or designing the education program. This may include but is not limited to principals, deputy principals, centre managers and coordinators.

CODE 3 Management/administration
A staff member who mainly performed management or administration work that contributed to the running of the early childhood education and care service and had no direct contact with children. Work may include clerical or receptionist duties, filing, keeping financial records, staffing and management issues.

CODE 4 Other work
Any worker who provides support services such as cooking, cleaning or gardening. This may include drivers, cooks, cleaners and maintenance staff.

CODE 9 Not stated/inadequately described
For use when the main type of work activity undertaken by the worker is unknown, not stated or inadequately described. Where the type of work activity is unknown, the ABS requests that jurisdictions identify the reason for the unknown response and document any follow-up processes undertaken.

Other Information
Related URL data element: Type of work activity.

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