4240.0.55.002 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Data Collection Guide, 2011  
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Technical name: Service provider organisation - number of preschool program hours enrolled, total hours N[NNNN]
METeOR identifier: 441282
METeOR link: http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/441282
METeOR definition: The total number of hours of a preschool program that children are enrolled in at this service.

Inclusions: For all early childhood education and care services that deliver a preschool program:

  • Total hours that all children are enrolled in the preschool program component of the service, in the reference period.
  • Hours enrolled in non-preschool programs offered by the service provider.
  • Early childhood education and care services that do not deliver a preschool program.

Underlying Concepts
Concept: Preschool program hours enrolled.
Nominal definition: Consistent with METeOR definition.
Operational definition: Consistent with METeOR definition.
Supporting data elements: This data element is used by the ABS in conjunction with the total number of children enrolled (enrolment episodes) to derive average weekly hours enrolled per child (per episode) at the service provider level. Conceptual issues:
  • The child must have been offered a place in a preschool program and be actively attending, to be counted as enrolled.
  • A child is considered to be actively attending if they attended a preschool program for at least one hour in the reference period or was absent during the reference period due to illness or extended holiday leave but was expected to return.

Standard Jurisdictional Output Categories
Representation class: Total
Data type: Number
Format: N[NNNN], for example: 640
Maximum character length: 5
Unit of measure: Hour (h)
Supplementary values:
      0 - Nil
      ns - Not stated/inadequately described


Edit specificationsEdit resolution

If field is blank.Provide a valid number of enrolled hours, otherwise amend to ‘0’ for nil hours or code ‘ns’ for unknown.

If character length is greater than 5.Provide a valid number of enrolled hours.

If total number of hours enrolled is less than the total number of hours attended in a preschool program.Provide a valid number of enrolled and attending hours. Verify that enrolment hours are equal to or greater than attendance hours.

Guide for Use
Counting rules:
  • The total number of hours of a preschool program that children are enrolled in a preschool program should be collected for each preschool program available at the service. These data should then be aggregated to the service provider level for reporting purposes.
  • Enrolment hours in non-instructional activities such as recess, tea breaks and lunch breaks should be included if the child was under the supervision of the service provider organisation.
  • Where the service provider offers other integrated child care services, the hours associated with these services should be excluded from this data element.
  • Jurisdictions that adopt a two week reference period are required to derive their data to a representative week.

Classification Definitions
CODE ns - Not stated/inadequately described
For use when the number of preschool program hours enrolled at the service provider is unknown, not stated or inadequately described. Where the number of hours enrolled 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: Preschool program hours enrolled.

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