4240.0.55.001 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2012  
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CONTENTS

    Collection Scope and Coverage
      Scope of the Collection
      Collection Coverage
      Preschool Provider Frame
      State and Territory Collection of the National ECEC Collection
    Collection Overview
      Collection Date and Reference Period
      Collection Methods
      Changes to 2012 National Early Childhood Education and Care Data Sources
      Data Sources
    Concepts and Definitions
      Data Collection and Counting Concepts
        Early Childhood Education and Care
        Preschool Program
        Child Counting Concepts
        Count of Child Episodes and Unique Count of Children
        Count of Children in the Year Before Full-time Schooling
        Matching and Linking Terminology
        Reasons a Child Could be Enrolled in and Attending Multiple Preschool Programs
        Statistical Entities
      Data Processing and Reporting Concepts
        Background
        Linking Statistical Linkage Key
        Identification of Identical SLK Child Records Across Data Sources
        Stages of Linking Methodology
        Linking Within-File
        Linking Between-Files
        Identification of Unique Child Records in the Year Before Full-time Schooling
        Reporting Child Counts
    Data Output and Processing
      Output Reporting and Processing for the National ECEC Collection
      Sector Classification for the National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection
      Reporting of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Status
      Geography for the National ECEC Collection
      Output table reference matrix
      Estimation Concepts
    Overview of Early Childhood Education and Care in Australia
      Nature of Preschool Program Delivery by State and Territory
      Australian Government Involvement in Early Childhood Education and Care
      New South Wales - Overview
      Victoria - Overview
      Queensland - Overview
      South Australia - Overview
      Western Australia - Overview
      Tasmania - Overview
      Northern Territory - Overview
      Australian Capital Territory - Overview
    Jurisdictional Data Quality Statements
      Introduction
      Australian Government
      New South Wales
      Victoria
      Queensland
      South Australia
      Western Australia
      Tasmania
      Northern Territory
      Australian Capital Territory
    Data Availability
      Early Childhood Data Sources
      Related Products
      Special Data Services
    Collection Background and Governance
      The National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education
      National Information Agreement on Early Childhood Education and Care
      National Quality Framework
      Early Childhood Education and Care National Minimum Data Set