4240.0.55.001 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2012  
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Contents >> Collection Overview >> Changes to 2012 National Early Childhood Education and Care Data Sources


Due to the collection capabilities within each state and territory, data for the 2012 National ECEC Collection were derived from a number of data sources. Child Care Management System (CCMS) data were used in addition to state and territory supplied datasets as a supplementary data source for Long Day Care (LDC) centres in most states and territories. This is because state and territory data, where available, may not have sufficient coverage of the LDC sector.

For the 2011 National ECEC Collection, the LDC data source used for each state and territory was decided through a quality review including the examining of collection coverage. LDC data used in the 2011 publication were selected from either the State/Territory data source, or state/territory specific CCMS data source (see figure 2.1).

Figure 2.1: Use of Data Sources 2011

With the development and interaction of jurisdictional collection coverage and National ECEC Collection methodology (see Chapter 1: Collection Scope and Coverage), there has been significant improvement in the coverage of the 2012 National ECEC Collection. In 2012, the data were sourced from both the state/territory data source, and CCMS data source used to provide a wider coverage for each state and territory (see figure 2.2).

Figure 2.2: Use of Data Sources 2012

Further information on the CCMS can be found in Chapter 6: Jurisdictional Data Quality Statements – Australian Government.

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