4240.0.55.002 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Data Collection Guide, 2011  
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Technical name: Child - preschool program hours enrolled per week, total hours N[N]
METeOR identifier: 436130
METeOR link: http://meteor.aihw.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/436130
METeOR definition: The total number of hours of a preschool program that a child is enrolled to receive per week.

Inclusions: Total hours that the child is enrolled in a preschool program in the reference period, for:

  • children enrolled in a preschool program, AND
  • children that have attended for at least one hour during the reference period, OR
  • children who were absent during the reference period due to illness or extended holiday leave, but are expected to return.
  • Hours that the child is enrolled in non-preschool programs offered by the service provider.
  • Children who were absent during the reference period and were not expected to return.
  • Children not enrolled in 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: Preschool program enrolment indicator
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[N], for example: 15
Maximum character length: 2
Unit of measure: Hour (h)
Supplementary values:
      0 - Nil
      ns - Not stated/inadequately described


Edit specificationsEdit resolution

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

If character length is greater than 2.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 and verify that enrolment hours are equal to or greater than attendance hours.

Guide for Use
Counting rules:
  • Record the total number of whole hours that the child is enrolled in the preschool program, i.e. minutes should be rounded to the nearest whole hour.
  • Enrolment hours can be derived by recording the number of sessions the child is enrolled and deriving total hours from the usual length of each session.
  • Include hours enrolled in non-instructional activities such as recess, tea breaks and lunch breaks if the child will remain under the supervision of the service provider for these activities.
  • Where the facility provides other integrated child care services, the hours the child is enrolled with these services should be excluded.
  • Jurisdictions which adopt a two week reference period are required to derive their data to a representative reference week.

Classification Definitions
CODE ns - Not stated/inadequately described
For use when the number of hours a child is enrolled to attend the preschool program is unknown, not stated or inadequately described. Where the number of hours a child is 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 aggregate data elements: Number of preschool program hours enrolled.

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