PRESCHOOL PROVIDER FRAME
In 2013 the ABS continued to produce a Preschool Provider Frame (PPF), which was developed in the previous two cycles. The purpose of the PPF is to obtain a comprehensive national picture of the number of known service providers delivering a preschool program and establish a register of all Early Childhood and Education (ECE) service providers to accompany the Collection.
For the 2013 Collection, the ABS achieved close to complete collection coverage for all known service providers delivering a preschool program. Because LDCs delivering preschool programs are not mandated to complete the preschool component of the CCMS, an amount of under-coverage within the LDC sector is expected to still exist. Due to the use of the ECEC NWC, this under-coverage has been reduced for the 2013 Collection. The ABS has previously identified potential under-coverage of non-government preschools. Collection development activities have improved collection coverage within this sector however there still remains evidence to suggest that service provider under-coverage exists within the Collection. The non-government service provider under-coverage can be explained by funding and service provision arrangements and existing collection authority within the states and territories. Given that non-government under-coverage remains a problem for the Collection, states and territories continue to explore methods to improve non-government preschool collection for future collection cycles.
A summary of the results of the 2013 PPF is included as an appendix to the release of the publication Preschool Education, Australia, 2013 (cat. no. 4240.0), released in March 2014.