4240.0.55.001 - National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2013  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 07/03/2014  Final
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For the purposes of the Collection, a service provider is defined as an organisation that directly provides an ECEC service to children at a specific geographical location. These services could include LDC, stand-alone preschool, preschool as part of a school, occasional care, outside of school hours care and vacation care services. Providers may offer multiple services within a single geographical location; however, for the purposes of the Collection, only service providers delivering preschool programs are considered in-scope.

A service provider may deliver multiple preschool programs from the same premises. Due to legislative requirements in some jurisdictions, separate licences may be issued for each preschool program that a service provider is authorised to deliver, even though those programs are delivered from the one location. For the purposes of the Collection, this would be considered as a single service provider delivering multiple preschool programs.

There are also instances where two unrelated service providers can operate from the same location. An example of this is a LDC with a preschool program that is located in the grounds of a school, and that school also operates a preschool program; however each provider has different management types. For the purposes of the Collection, these would be considered as separate service providers delivering separate preschool programs irrespective of implied or perceived service integration.

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