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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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NUMBER OF INDIGENOUS CHILDREN ATTENDING A PRESCHOOL PROGRAM


Technical name: Service provider organisation - number of Indigenous children attending a preschool program, total number N[NNNN]
METeOR identifier: 441249
METeOR link: http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/441249
METeOR definition: The total number of Indigenous children attending a preschool program at the service.

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

  • The total number of individual Indigenous children who attended the preschool program in the reference period, disaggregated by sex and single year of age.
Exclusions:
  • The number of Indigenous children who did not attend the preschool program during the reference period (e.g. Indigenous children who were absent during the reference period due to illness or extended holiday leave).
  • The number of children attending that fall within the category 'non-Indigenous'.
  • Early childhood education and care services that do not deliver a preschool program.

Underlying Concepts
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:
  • descent;
  • self-identification; and
  • community acceptance.
This definition is in accordance with 'The Commonwealth Definition' which was given in a High Court judgement in the case of Commonwealth v Tasmania (1983) 46 ALR 625.
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: Conceptual issues:
  • A child is defined as attending a preschool program if they attended for at least one hour during the reference period.
  • The Indigenous status of the child must be the status as identified by the child's parent or guardian. See the data element Indigenous status, for further rules and definitions around identifying a child's Indigenous status.
  • The nominal and operational definitions of Number of Indigenous children attending a preschool program differ due to the aggregate reporting methodology.

Standard Jurisdictional Output Categories
Representation class: Count
Data type: Number
Format: N[NNNN], for example: 36
Maximum character length: 5
Supplementary values:
      0 - Nil
      ns - Not stated/inadequately described

2.4.17 LEGAL VALUE CHECKS


Edit specificationsEdit resolution

1.
If field is blank.Provide a valid number of attending Indigenous children, otherwise amend to ‘0’ for nil Indigenous children or ‘ns’ for unknown.

2.
If character length is greater than 5.Provide a valid number of attending Indigenous children.

3.
If total number of Indigenous children attending is greater than total number of Indigenous children enrolled in a preschool program.Provide a valid number of enrolled and attending Indigenous children. Verify that enrolments are equal to or greater than number of Indigenous children attending.

4.
If total number of Indigenous children attending is greater than total number of children attending a preschool program.Provide a valid number of attending Indigenous children and correct number of total attending children. Verify that total number of Indigenous children attending are equal to or less than total number of children attending.



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

Counting rules:
  • The total number of Indigenous children attending must be cross classified by their sex and age (as of 1 July 2011).
  • The number of Indigenous children attending 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.
  • A child should only be counted as having attended a preschool program if they attended for at least one hour during the reference period.
  • 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 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.

Other Information
Related URL data elements: Indigenous status and Preschool program attendance indicator.

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