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4240.0.55.002 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Data Collection Guide, 2011  
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Contents >> Data Element Collection Instructions >> Aggregate Level Data >> Statistical Entity: Worker - Aggregate >> Role of Early Childhood Education and Care Worker - Aggregate

ROLE OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE WORKER


Technical name: Person (employed) - role of early childhood education and care worker, code N
METeOR identifier: 441583
METeOR link: http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/441583
METeOR definition: The main role undertaken by an early childhood education and care worker, 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: Role of early childhood education and care worker.
Nominal definition: The main role or responsibility undertaken by an early childhood education and care worker, as defined by the worker's terms of employment.
Operational definition: The total number of paid workers within an early childhood education and care service, disaggregated by each of the Role of early childhood education and care worker classifications.
Conceptual issues:

  • 'Main' is defined as the role that the person spends the majority of time performing, during the reference period.
  • 'Terms of employment' is defined as the agreement between the worker and the service provider, which specifies work roles and responsibilities. It may be formal or informal, and either written or verbal, and must be mutually understood by the worker and the service provider.

Standard Jurisdictional Output Categories
Representation class: Total
Data type: Number
Format: N[NN]
Maximum character length: 3
Classification values:
      1 - Principal/director/coordinator/teacher-in-charge
      2 - Group leader/teacher
      3 - Assistant/aide
      4 - Other contact worker
      5 - Non-contact worker

Supplementary values:
      9 - Not stated/inadequately described

2.5.3 LEGAL VALUE CHECKS


Edit specificationsEdit resolution

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

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



Guide for Use
Counting rules:
  • Report the main role performed by a worker during the reference period, regardless of whether this is different to their usual role.
  • Workers who are classified as 'Management/administration' and 'Other work' within the data element Type of Work Activity, must be classified as 'Non-contact' workers, i.e. Code 5.

Classification Definitions
CODE 1 Principal/director/coordinator/teacher in charge
A person with overall responsibility for managing the service.

CODE 2 Group leader/teacher
A degree qualified teacher or educator responsible for a group of young children.

CODE 3 Assistant/aide
An early childhood worker who helps a more senior and more qualified early childhood teacher or educator.

CODE 4 Other contact worker
Includes people who provide child care or additional educational or supplementary services for children, such as a child care worker, dance teacher, music therapist, disability support worker, librarian or speech therapist.

CODE 5 Non-contact worker
A worker who has no direct contact with children and primarily contributes to the running of the service or provides support services.

CODE 9 Not stated/inadequately described
For use when the role of the worker is unknown, not stated or inadequately described. Where the role of the worker 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: Role of early childhood education and care worker.

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