4240.0.55.001 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2012  
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Contents >> Concepts and Definitions >> Data Collection and Counting Concepts >> Early Childhood Education and Care


'Early childhood education and care' (ECEC) incorporates all early childhood education and child care programs. ECEC programs are delivered by a variety of service providers such as preschools, schools and Long Day Care (LDC) centres, and may be delivered to children of all ages.

Responsibility for ECEC is shared between the Australian Government and the state and territory governments, and is administered through a wide range of service provider management types including government, local government, community, schools (both government and non-government) and private organisations.

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