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4240.0.55.001 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2011  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/03/2012   
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National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection, Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2011
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Collection Scope and Coverage
1. COLLECTION SCOPE AND COVERAGE
Outlines the collection scope of the National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection. A summary of the data coverage for each jurisdiction is also included. This section also describes the development of the Preschool Provider Frame.
5. JURISDICTIONAL DATA QUALITY STATEMENTS
Outlines jurisdictional specific collection methodologies and summarises the sources from which data was obtained for each jurisdiction. The ABS Data Quality Framework is adopted to evaluate the quality of data supplied for the collection.
2. COLLECTION OVERVIEW
Contains information on the National Early Childhood Education Care Collection, including the collection date, reference period, collection methods, national comparability, key methodological differences and data limitations.
Data Availability
6. DATA AVAILABILITY
Presents related ABS publications and complementary products, including supporting material used in the collection. Outlines important contact information for users who require more complex statistical information or specialised ABS consultancy services.
Concepts and Definitions
3. CONCEPTS AND DEFINITIONS
Outlines the key concepts and definitions required to form a thorough understanding of the information contained within the manual.
Collection Background and Governance
7. COLLECTION BACKGROUND AND GOVERNANCE
Overview of the collection background and governance, including the role of the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education and the National Information Agreement on Early Childhood Education and Care.
Overview of ECEC in Australia
4. OVERVIEW OF EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION AND CARE IN AUSTRALIA
This section provides an outline of the state and territory preschool delivery models, including terminology and age entry requirements. Also outlines the nature of preschool delivery for each state and territory.
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