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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: Person - sex, code N
METeOR identifier: 287316
METeOR link:
METeOR definition: The biological distinction between male and female, as represented by a code.

Inclusions: The sex of the child, for all children enrolled in a preschool program.
Exclusions: Children not enrolled in a preschool program.

Underlying Concepts
Concept: Sex.
Nominal definition: The sex of the child.
Operational definition: The sex of the child, as identified by the child's parent or guardian and recorded on the child's enrolment record.
Supporting data elements: Sex is used in conjunction with the following data elements to develop the Statistical linkage key:

Conceptual issues:
  • Nominal and operational definitions of Sex differ as operationally, it is infeasible for children in-scope of this collection to self-report. Therefore, the child's parent or guardian must be asked to identify the child's sex on the child's behalf.

Standard Jurisdictional Output Categories
Representation class: Code
Data type: Number
Format: N, for example: 2
Maximum character length: 1
Classification values:
      1 - Male
      2 - Female
      3 - Intersex or indeterminate
Supplementary values:
      9 - Not stated/inadequately described


Edit specificationsEdit resolution

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

If field is not code 1, 2, 3 or 9.Provide a valid sex code.

If field contains text or character length is greater than 2.Provide a valid sex code.

Guide for Use
Counting rules:
  • Record the sex of the child as reported by the child's parent or guardian on the child's enrolment record.
  • This data element should be reported for the child only (i.e. this information is not required for teachers).

Classification Definitions
CODE 3 Intersex or indeterminate
Refers to a person, who because of a genetic condition, was born with reproductive organs or sex chromosomes that are not exclusively male or female or whose sex has not yet been determined for whatever reason. The definition for Intersex in the Guide for use is sourced from the ACT Legislation (Gay, Lesbian and Transgender) Amendment Act 2003. CODE 3 Intersex or indeterminate - Is normally used for babies for whom sex has not been determined for whatever reason.

CODE 9 Not stated/inadequately described
For use in administrative collections when transferring data from data sets where the item has not been collected.

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

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