IDENTIFICATION OF UNIQUE CHILD RECORDS IN THE YEAR BEFORE FULL-TIME SCHOOLING
The final stage of the linking methodology was to identify children in the year Before Full-time Schooling (YBFS).
For the 2013 Collection, children who were enrolled for more than one year of a preschool program were identified and if these children were aged 5 or 6 years old, their records were excluded from the YBFS population. Those 4 year old children who were previously enrolled in a preschool program were not excluded, because they would not have been attending a program intended for children in the YBFS in the previous year (i.e. they would have been attending preschool as a 3 year old child in 2012, but were out of scope to be included in the count of children enrolled in, and attending in the YBFS population).
Operationally, for the 2013 Collection, the identification of unique child records in the YBFS could only be achieved when 2 years of data had been collected using a URL data collection methodology and, a preschool repeater indicator applied through a jurisdictional child/client database.
The following discussion outlines the identification of a YBFS child through the application of a preschool repeater indicator and without a preschool repeater indicator.
FOR A YBFS CHILD RECORD WITH A 'PRESCHOOL PROGRAM REPEATER INDICATOR'
If the preschool repeater flag had been supplied by data providers (indicating that the child undertook preschool in more than one year on either the jurisdictional or CCMS files), and the child was five years old as at the 1 July age reference date, the child was not included in the tables presenting the ‘Children in the Year Before Full-time Schooling’.
This process ensures that each child is only counted in one year of the Collection for the purposes of the data relating to the total number of children enrolled in and attending a preschool program in the YBFS population. The process to create a unique child record for the YBFS population is outlined in Figure 3.12 below.
Figure 3.12 Creating a Unique Child Record for the YBFS Concept