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CHAPTER 1 - BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Enhancements to the Commonwealth's Child Care Management System (CCMS) are currently underway to enable supply of statistics for preschool programs in Long Day Care (LDC) centres. As a result, a number of in scope providers (and subsequently children) are not covered in the 2010 collection. This coverage issue affects each jurisdiction differently, due to the nature of preschool delivery and jurisdictional specific collection methodologies. The following section describes the 2010 National ECEC Collection coverage for each state and territory.
New South Wales
New South Wales (NSW) achieved full collection coverage of all government preschools through the annual School Census conducted by the Department of Education and Training.
Community Services, Department of Human Services NSW (Community Services) collected statistics from the preschools which are licensed and subsidised by the department. Only children who did not receive or were not eligible for the Child Care Benefit or the Child Care Rebate were included in this collection. These preschools account for almost half of all in scope non-government preschools in NSW.
Over a third of non-government preschools were not covered in the 2010 collection because they are not funded by NSW Community Services. The majority of these providers will be included in future collections, with the inclusion of CCMS data.
There were a small proportion of non-government preschools not covered in the 2010 collection because they were not licensed by NSW Community Services. The majority of these providers are school-based preschools, associated with non-government schools. The appropriate mechanism to include these preschools in the collection is still under investigation.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development collected preschool data from all government funded providers though the 2010 Confirmed Kindergarten Funding Data Collection. The collected data covered the vast majority of preschools in Victoria, irrespective of their management type and delivery setting.
There may be a small number of preschools, as defined by this collection, not funded by the state government who were not included in the 2010 Confirmed Kindergarten Funding Data Collection. The majority of these providers will be included in future collections, with the inclusion of CCMS data.
All licensed preschools and LDCs received the 2010 Early Childhood Education and Care Services Census (ECECSC) from the Department of Education and Training. Although participation was voluntary, the Queensland collection received responses from almost all of the state government funded providers. Only a limited number of unfunded programs in LDCs responded to the collection. With the inclusion of CCMS data in future collections, the majority of these providers will be included.
Full coverage was achieved through the ECECSC of all Queensland government state and private schools providing preschool under specific programs (such as the Bound for Success Pre-Prep program), which operate in Indigenous communities.
South Australia achieved full collection coverage for all Department of Education and Children's Services (DECS) managed preschools, including funded non-government preschools through the Annual Census of Children's Services (ACCS). Full coverage was not achieved for community managed LDCs as participation in the ACCS was not compulsory for these services. With the inclusion of CCMS data in future collections, the majority of these providers will be included.
Several of the non-government school-based preschools that were licensed child care centres completed the ACCS. Other non-government preschools either did not return the ACCS form or did not receive the form because they are not licensed by DECS.
Western Australia’s collection covered all government preschools managed or regulated by the Department of Education and all non-government school-based preschools regulated by the Department of Education Services.
Preschool programs delivered by a qualified teacher in a LDC setting (unless the LDC was registered as a school) were not recognised by the state government, therefore were outside the Western Australian preschool collection scope. Plans are underway to include these preschool programs in future National ECEC Collections by using CCMS data.
Tasmania's collection covered all preschools managed or regulated by Department of Education, which included all government preschools and non-government school-based preschools.
Preschool programs delivered by a qualified teacher in a LDC setting (unless the LDC was registered as a school) were not recognised by the state government, and hence were outside the Tasmanian preschool collection scope. Plans are underway to include these preschool programs in future National ECEC Collections, by using CCMS data.
Northern Territory achieved full coverage of government preschools managed by Department of Education and Training (DET) through the Age/Grade Census.
Non-government preschools that were registered by DET were covered through the Age/Grade Census, however non-government data are less detailed. Non-government preschools that are not registered by DET are not covered by the Age/Grade Census.
There are a number of LDCs within the NT that offer preschool programs, however there are currently no data available for preschool services offered in these centres as they are not registered as preschools and do not receive any funding from DET. The coverage gap in regards to preschools within LDCs will reduce when CCMS data become available.
Australian Capital Territory
The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) achieved full coverage of government preschools managed by Department of Education and Training (DET) through the annual August School Census.
The 2010 collection did not cover the ACT non-government preschool sector. For those registered preschools that only participated in the annual April School Census, data during the ECEC August collection week are not available. Planning is underway to include ACT non-government providers in future collections.
Preschool programs in a LDC setting were not recognised or funded by DET. Plans are underway to include these preschool programs in future National ECEC Collections, by using CCMS data.
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