Microdata: Preschool Education, Australia is compiled with data from the National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection (NECECC). The collection is derived from administrative data provided by state and territory and Australian Government education departments and the Catholic Education Office of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn. The collection date is the first Friday in August each year and has been conducted annually since 2010 and contains statistics on children enrolled in and attending a preschool program across Australia.
Statistics in this release may not be fully comparable with previous releases due to differences in coverage and methodologies. Caution should therefore be used when comparing the data over time.
Information about the collection, including Methodology are available in the Preschool Education, Australia. A description of the collection framework is in National Early Childhood Education and Care Collection: Concepts, Sources and Methods. Impacts of COVID-19 in the 2020 collection can be found in Impacts of COVID-19 of Preschool Education, Australia
The following microdata products are available from this collection:
- TableBuilder – produce your own tables and graphs tables and graphs
- DataLab – analyse detailed microdata
The microdata products cover the following reference periods:
- TableBuilder – Child level data for 2013 - 2020. Worker level data for 2013, 2014 and 2016, and Episode level data for 2013
- DataLab – Child and Episode level data for 2013 - 2020
Information about TableBuilder and the DataLab, and other general information to assist users in understanding and accessing microdata, are available from the Microdata Entry Page.
Access to the data is available through TableBuilder or the DataLab, please follow the steps on the How to Apply for Microdata page on the ABS website. If you are already a registered TableBuilder user, please use the TableBuilder - Log in page.