ABOUT THIS PUBLICATION
This publication contains statistics on children enrolled in and attending a preschool program across Australia in 2014. The statistics were compiled from the 2014 National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection (the Collection). The Collection is in part conducted to support performance based reporting for the National Partnership Agreement on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education (NP UAECE).
This publication draws extensively on information provided by the Australian Government, state and territory governments, and the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. Their continued cooperation enables the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) to publish a wide range of education statistics. Information received by the ABS is treated in strict confidence as required by the Census and Statistics Act 1905.
CHANGES IN THIS ISSUE
A range of changes have been made to the tables within the data cubes to align with the current needs of the Australian and state and territory governments. Statistics on episodes of workers are no longer included in the data cubes but are released through TableBuilder as part of Microdata: Preschool Education, Australia, 2014 (cat. no. 4240.0.55.003).
DATA QUALITY AND COMPARABILITY
When interpreting the statistics in this release, it is important to take into account factors that may affect their reliability, particularly for New South Wales. The statistics may also not be fully comparable with previous Collection cycles or other data sources due to differences in coverage and methodologies. For more information, please see the Explanatory Notes and Jurisdictional Data Quality Statements contained in Appendix 3 of this release and prior releases of National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Concepts, Sources and Methods, 2013 (cat. no, 4240.0.55.001).
Hours and fees data have been rounded prior to being assigned to distinct ranges. Statistics in this publication have been perturbed or suppressed where necessary to protect confidentiality.
For further information about these and related statistics, contact the National Information and Referral Service (NIRS) on 1300 135 070.