ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication presents information on child care arrangements and early childhood education for children aged 0-12 years.
Statistics in this publication were collected in June 2011 as a supplement to the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) monthly Labour Force Survey (LFS).
Information collected in the survey included: usual care arrangements (types of care, duration and cost); care arrangements used in the survey reference week (types of care, duration and cost); attendance at a preschool or preschool program (usually or in the survey reference week); need for additional formal care or preschool; early childhood education and learning activities.
Information on the concepts and methods used in the survey, reliability of the results, definitions and interpretation are included in the Explanatory Notes, Technical Note and Glossary. Unless otherwise specified, differences between data items highlighted in the Summary of Findings are statistically significant (refer to Technical Note).
This release consists of Data Cubes in spreadsheet format only. An expanded range of statistics is available in the publication Childhood Education and Care, Australia, Datacubes, June 2011 (cat. no. 4402.0.55.003).
As estimates have been rounded, discrepancies may occur between the sum of component items and the published total. Published percentages are calculated prior to rounding and therefore some discrepancy may occur between these percentages and those that could be calculated from the rounded figures.
MORE INFORMATION ON CHILDHOOD STATISTICS
Information about Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) activities in the childhood education and care field is available from the Children and Youth topic page on the ABS website. To access the topic page select 'People' under 'Topics @ a Glance' heading on the home page and then select 'Children and Youth'.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070.