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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 >> Unit Record Level (URL) Data >> Statistical Entity: Child - URL >> Preschool Program Received From Qualified Teacher Indicator

PRESCHOOL PROGRAM RECEIVED FROM QUALIFIED TEACHER INDICATOR


Technical name: Child - preschool program received from a qualified teacher indicator, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code N
METeOR identifier: 436683
METeOR link: http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/436683
METeOR definition: An indicator that the child has received a structured, play-based, educational preschool program delivered by a teacher with university qualifications in early childhood education, as represented by a code.

Scope
Inclusions: Children that attended a preschool program for at least one hour during the reference period.
Exclusions:

  • Attendance in non-preschool programs offered by the service provider.
  • Children who were enrolled but did not attend a preschool program in the reference period.
  • Children who were absent during the reference period due to illness or extended holiday leave.
  • Children not enrolled in a preschool program.

Underlying Concepts
Concept: Preschool program received from qualified teacher.
Nominal definition: A child that has received a structured, play-based, educational preschool program for at least one hour in the reference period, which has been delivered face to face by a teacher with university qualifications in early childhood education.
Operational definition: Consistent with nominal definition.
Supporting data elements: Conceptual issues:
  • Teacher: refers to the primary contact worker(s) delivering the preschool program who have a university qualification in early childhood education.
  • Delivery of a preschool program: refers to face to face delivery of a preschool program for at least one hour during the reference period by an early childhood education and care contact worker.
  • University qualification in early childhood education: refers to a university qualification (or equivalent) in Teaching (early childhood related), Teaching (primary) or Teaching (other).
  • Equivalent: is where certain employment and educational experience is deemed to be comparable to a certain level of qualification. For example, an individual, or group of individuals, may have an early childhood diploma and 10 years of experience, but the government department or regulatory agency has recognised the individual's, or group of individuals', qualifications as equivalent to a four year early childhood university degree.

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

2.1.9 LEGAL VALUE CHECKS

Edit specificationsEdit resolution

1.
If field is blank.Provide a valid indicator code, otherwise amend to code ‘9’.

2.
If indicator is not code 1, 2, 7, 8 or 9.Provide a valid indicator code.


Guide for Use
Counting rules:
  • A child is counted as having received a preschool program from a qualified teacher if the teacher had face to face contact with the child at least once during the reference period and the teacher had a university qualification in early childhood education and care.
  • For example, in a long day care setting, if a care worker delivers a 'preschool program' to the child, but the care worker does not hold a university qualification in early childhood education and care, this would result in a 'No' response. Alternatively, a 'Yes' response would be inputted if a teacher with a university qualification in early childhood education and care was delivering the preschool program to the child.
  • Face to face delivery includes preschool programs delivered by distance education services to children in remote locations (e.g. 'School of the air' programs delivered using two way video and/or audio links), by a teacher with a qualification in early childhood education and care.
  • This item should not be used for children who were enrolled but did not attend (or receive) a preschool program in the reference period. 

Classification Definitions
CODE 1 Yes
Record if the child has received a preschool program during the reference period that was being delivered by a teacher with a university qualification in early childhood education.

CODE 2 No
Record if the child has received a preschool program during the reference period that was not being delivered by a teacher with a university qualification in early childhood education.

CODE 7 Not applicable
Record only if the child has not received a preschool program from a qualified teacher because the service provider received an approved exemption, for example, the usual qualified teacher was unavailable and no suitably qualified staff could be found to deliver the program in the reference period.

CODE 8 Unknown
For use when it is unknown if the child received a preschool program during the reference period that was being delivered by a teacher with a university qualification in early childhood education. 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.

CODE 9 Not stated/inadequately described
For use when it is not stated if the child has received a preschool program during the reference period that was being delivered by a teacher with university qualifications in early childhood education. Where this data element is not stated or inadequately described, the ABS requests that jurisdictions identify the reason for the response and document any follow-up processes undertaken.

Other Information
Related aggregate data elements: No related aggregate data element.

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