Australian Bureau of Statistics
4240.0.55.002 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Data Collection Guide, 2011
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NUMBER OF INDIGENOUS CHILDREN ATTENDING A PRESCHOOL PROGRAM
Concept: Indigenous children attending preschool program.
Nominal definition: An Indigenous child who is enrolled in a preschool program and has attended the preschool program for at least one hour during the reference period.
Indigenous: 'An Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander is a person of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent who identifies as an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander and is accepted as such by the community in which he or she lives'.
There are three components to the Commonwealth definition:
Operational definition: The number of Indigenous children that are attending a preschool program. Please see data item list in Chapter 1, Collection Specifications for specific disaggregation and cross classification of this data element as specified in the 2011 ECEC Data Request.
It must be noted that data collected at the aggregate level will be published as episodes of attendance, not number of children 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: Attendance must be cross classified and reported by the following data elements:
Standard Jurisdictional Output Categories
Representation class: Count
Data type: Number
Format: N[NNNN], for example: 36
Maximum character length: 5
ns - Not stated/inadequately described
2.4.17 LEGAL VALUE CHECKS
Guide for Use
This data element must be cross classified and reported by the supporting data elements listed above.
CODE ns - Not stated/inadequately described
For use when the number of Indigenous children attending at the service provider is unknown, not stated or inadequately described. Where the number of Indigenous children attending is unknown, the ABS requests that jurisdictions identify the reason for the unknown response and document any follow-up processes undertaken.
Related URL data elements: Indigenous status and Preschool program attendance indicator.
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