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4240.0.55.002 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Data Collection Guide, 2011  
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HOURS WORKED IN PRESCHOOL PROGRAM DELIVERY


Technical name: Person (employed) - hours worked in preschool program delivery, total hours NNN
METeOR identifier: 437558
METeOR link: http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/437558
METeOR definition: The total number of hours worked in a preschool program delivery by a person per week.

Scope
Inclusions: All paid contact workers within early childhood education and care services who delivered a face to face preschool program for at least one hour during the reference period.
Exclusions:

  • Unpaid workers and non-contact workers within early childhood education and care services.
  • Paid contact workers within early childhood education and care services who did not deliver a face to face preschool program for at least one hour during the reference period.
  • Hours worked in preparation time and other hours worked that are not related to face to face delivery of the preschool program.
  • Hours worked in any activity undertaken by the worker that requires the parents/guardians of the children to be present.

Underlying Concepts
Concept: Hours worked in preschool program delivery.
Nominal definition: The total number of hours worked in the face to face delivery of a preschool program.
Operational definition: Consistent with nominal definition.
Supporting data elements: Delivery of preschool program indicator
Conceptual issues: N/A

Standard Jurisdictional Output Categories
System requirements: Total hours expressed as 000, 001 etc.
Representation class: Total
Data type: String
Format: NNN
Maximum character length: 3
Unit of measure: Hour
Supplementary values:
      ns - Not stated/inadequately described


2.3.7 LEGAL VALUE CHECKS


Edit specificationsEdit resolution

1.
If field is blank.Provide a valid number of preschool program hours worked, otherwise amend to code ‘ns’.

2.
If character length is greater than 3.Provide a valid number of preschool program hours worked.



Guide for Use
Counting rules:
  • Record the number of hours worked by a paid contact worker in the face to face delivery of a preschool program during the reference period.
  • Preparation time and other hours worked that are not related to face to face delivery of the preschool program should not be counted.
  • Any work undertaken by the worker in an activity that requires the parents/guardians of the children to be present should not be counted.
  • Jurisdictions that adopt a two week reference period are required to derive their data to a representative week.
  • Round 'hours worked' to the nearest hour.

Classification Definitions
CODE ns - Not stated/inadequately described
For use when the number of hours worked by the worker in delivering a preschool program is unknown, not stated or inadequately described. Where the hours worked in preschool program delivery 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 element: Hours worked in preschool program delivery.

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