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PURPOSE OF THE COLLECTION
Whilst there are still some jurisdictions not able to meet all of the standards set out in the ECEC NMDS, there has been substantial improvement by data providers to meet these standards.
There has also been significant improvement in the quality of the linkage variable, which has significantly allowed for the improvement of identification of both child counts, and the year before full-time schooling year before full-time schooling counts.
PURPOSE OF THIS PUBLICATION
The National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Concepts, Sources and Methods publication details information for data users relating to the 2012 National ECEC Collection. It includes an overview of the collection and discussions on collection scope and coverage, key concepts and definitions, data quality, the availability of data, and background and governance information.
The Data Collection Guide is published in conjunction with the Concepts, Sources and Methods publication. The Data Collection Guide provides detailed guidelines, instructions and definitions to assist in the collection and reporting of ECEC data collected using both URL and aggregate level data collection methodologies. The Data Collection Guide is primarily for the states and territories, and Commonwealth data providers to assist with the collection of nationally comparable ECEC data and is released for general information. The guide is intended to be used in conjunction with the 2012 ABS National ECEC data request and the 2012 ECEC NMDS. The guidelines contained within the Data Collection Guide will facilitate the delivery of nationally comparable ECEC statistics.
USE AND MAINTENANCE OF THIS PUBLICATION
The Concepts, Sources and Methods publication has been developed by the National Centre for Education and Training Statistics within the ABS. Further collection improvements are planned, and changes in data collection capabilities and methodologies across jurisdictions will necessitate updates to this publication on an annual basis.
For further assistance or information, please contact the ABS by emailing <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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