4240.0.55.001 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2012  
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The following discussion outlines the various stages of the ABS linking methodology utilised for the 2012 collection. The National ECEC Collection utilises and combines different data sources or ‘files’ in order to process the collection. See Chapter 2: Collection Overview for more information. Episode linking processes operate within each state and territory and consist of two key processes:

  • Linking within-file: Linking episodes of preschool within a supplied URL data file
  • Linking between files: Linking episodes of preschool across URL data

The following discussion outlines how these concepts are operationally implemented within for the 2012 National ECEC Collection.

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