|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 within this section.
|6. COLLECTION BACKGROUND AND GOVERNANCE|
Overview of the policy environment, including the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education and the National Information Agreement on Early Childhood Education and Care. Also outlines the role of the Early Childhood Education and Care National Minimum Data Set.
|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.
|7. COLLECTION SPECIFICATIONS |
Describes the data format and specifications required for the National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection. Also includes details on data editing and validation required prior to delivery, the process for transferring data to the ABS and return to source provisions.
|3. CONCEPTS AND DEFINITIONS|
Outlines the key concepts and definitions required to form a thorough understanding of the information contained within the manual.
|8. DATA ELEMENT COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS|
Details each of the Early Childhood Education and Care National Minimum Data Set data elements relevant to the National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection, including detailed collection instructions for both unit record level and aggregate collection methodologies.
|4. JURISDICTIONAL DATA QUALITY STATEMENTS |
Explains 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 National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection.
|9. PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY|
Describes privacy and confidentiality principles relevant to the National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection. Also includes information relevant to the collection and on-providing of data to the ABS by jurisdictions, and explains how ABS legislative provisions apply in these circumstances.
|5. DATA AVAILABILITY|
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.
The privacy and confidentiality principles that are relevant to the National ECEC Collection are outlined in detail within this section.