4240.0.55.002 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Data Collection Guide, 2011  
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Technical name: Person - sex, code N
METeOR identifier: N/A
METeOR link: N/A
METeOR definition: N/A
Note: This is an additional 2011 data element. Although the data element Sex is not included in the Aggregate ECEC NMDS 2011, the ABS request this data in order to facilitate comparability with URL data.

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 number of children that are enrolled in a preschool program, disaggregated by enrolments, attendances and sex. Please see the data item list in Chapter 1, Collection Specifications for specific disaggregation and cross classification of this data element as specified in the 2011 National ECEC Data Request.
It must be noted that data collected at the aggregate level will be published as episodes of enrolments or attendance, not number of children enrolled or attending. This is because it is not possible to identify duplicate records within aggregate collections, once jurisdictional service provider data are merged.
Supporting data elements: Sex is not provided as an individual data element and must be cross classified and reported by the following data elements:

Conceptual issues:
  • The nominal and operational definitions of Sex differ due to the aggregate data collection methodology.

Standard Jurisdictional Output Categories
The following output instructions refer to the format in which the data should be provided to the ABS. This format differs to the format presented in METeOR 'Value domain attributes'. The format presented in METeOR is the format that the data element would be collected if it was collected in URL form. The following outlines the format of the data as it should be provided to the ABS at aggregate level.

Representation class: Total
Data type: Number
Format: N[NNNN], for example: 42
Maximum character length: 5
Classification values:
      1 - Male
      2 - Female
      3 - Intersex or indeterminate
Supplementary values:
      9 - Not stated/inadequately described

Guide for Use
This data element must be cross classified and reported by the supporting data elements listed above.

Counting rules:
  • Collate the number of children cross classified by single year of age, Indigenous status, sex, total enrolments and total attendances for each service provider.

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 URL data element: Sex.

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