4402.0.55.001 - Microdata: Childhood Education and Care, Australia , June 2011  
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This product provides a range of information about the release of microdata from the Childhood Education and Care Survey (CEaCS), Australia, June 2011 including details about the survey methodology and how to use the Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF) and TableBuilder. Data item lists and information on the conditions of use and the quality of the microdata, as well as the definitions used, are also provided.

Microdata are the most detailed information available from a survey and are generally the responses to individual questions on the questionnaire or data derived from two or more questions and are released with the approval of the Australian Statistician.

The CEaCS is collected every three years and is designed to provide a range of information about children aged 0–12 years and their families. The information collected includes the child care arrangements used by parents to care for their children, use of formal and informal care, cost and duration of the care and the attendance of children at preschool programs and other early childhood learning activities.


The following microdata products are available from this survey:

  • Expanded CURF via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and/or ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL) which allows users to query the data via statistical languages
  • TableBuilder – an online tool for creating tables and graphs.

Further information about these services, and other information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata in general, is available from the Microdata Entry Page.

Before applying for access, users should read and familiarise themselves with the information contained in the User Manual: Responsible Use of ABS CURFs, User Manual: ABS Remote Access Data Laboratory and/or the User Manual: TableBuilder, depending on the product or products being accessed.


To apply for access to the CURF, register and apply in MiCRO.
To apply for access to TableBuilder, register and apply in the Registration Centre.

Further information on access steps can be found on the How to Apply for Microdata page on the ABS web site.


Further information about the survey and the microdata products can be found in the various pages associated with this product, including:
  • Data item lists for the Expanded CURF and TableBuilder, are available in the Downloads tab
  • The Quality Declaration, Abbreviations and Glossary relating to these products can be found in the Explanatory Notes tab
  • Other related products can be found on the Related Information tab.


For further support in the use of these formats, please contact Microdata Access Strategies on 02 6252 7714 or via microdata.access@abs.gov.au.


Data obtained in the survey but not included in the CURF or TableBuilder may be available from the ABS, on request, as statistics in tabulated form.

Subject to confidentiality and sampling variability constraints, special tabulations can be produced incorporating data items, populations and geographic areas selected to meet individual requirements. These are available, on request, on a fee for service basis. Contact the National Information and Referral Service on 1300 135 070 or client.services@abs.gov.au for further information.