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APPENDIX 1 SERVICE PROVIDER COVERAGE
The table represents the number of service providers from which data were collected for the 2013 National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection. The counts were developed by processing service provider information from 2013 state and territory submissions and the 2013 Child Care Management System (CCMS) submissions for the ABS National ECEC Collection. Information from the two data sources was compared and certain data characteristics were updated to make use of the best available data. Where the same service provider was identified across two data sources, duplicate records were removed. As in 2012, this methodology resulted in reclassification of service activity type for some service providers in order to most accurately reflect the activity occurring at a service provider. For example, where a service provider was categorised as 'preschool' within a state or territory collection but was also categorised as 'long day care with a preschool program' within the CCMS submission, the service activity type 'long day care with a preschool program' was adopted for that service provider. This has resulted in a number of services and their associated enrolments and attendance data being reclassified in ABS outputs as 'Long day care with a preschool program'.
The category 'Total preschool providers' corresponds to the episode, child and year before full-time schooling statistics reported in this publication. A small number of long day care providers which had enrolments of 3 and/or 6 year old children only, are also included in this category. The category 'long day care without a preschool program' is comprised of services that deliver child care only and whose associated statistics are not contained in this publication. For further information please refer to the National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2013 (cat. no. 4240.0.55.001).
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