ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents results from the 2013 National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection (the Collection). The Collection is a data development activity under the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education (NP ECE). The publication contains episode and unique counts of children enrolled in and attending a preschool program, and episode counts of workers delivering a preschool program across Australia in 2013.
This publication draws extensively on information provided by the Australian Government, state and territory governments, and the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. Their continued cooperation enables the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to publish a wide range of education statistics. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.
The Collection consists of administrative data provided by the Australian Government, state and territory departments with responsibility for early childhood education and care, and the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. At the core of the Collection is the Early Childhood Education and Care National Minimum Data Set (ECEC NMDS). The ECEC NMDS contains standards which the Australian Government and state and territory governments have committed to in regards to collecting statistics on ECEC within their respective jurisdictions. All jurisdictions have worked closely with the ABS to align their individual collections with the ECEC NMDS and significant achievements have been made in 2013.
When interpreting the result in this release, it is important to take into account factors that may affect the reliability of the statistics. Data from the 2013 Collection is not consistently comparable to previous collection cycles due to changes in collection coverage, data development activities and collection methodologies.
For more information on the collection methodologies, data quality and collection coverage within each of the jurisdictions, and the ECEC NMDS, please see the National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2013 (cat. no, 4240.0.55.001) and the National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Data Collection Guide, 2013 (cat. no. 4240.0.55.002).
ROUNDING AND CONFIDENTIALITY
The hours and fees relating to children attending or enrolled in early childhood education programs presented in this publication have been rounded so that they could be assigned to distinct ranges. Values have been perturbed to protect confidentiality.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.