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Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2010

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Set Specification
METeOR identifier:Help on this term396792
Registration status:Help on this termEarly Childhood, Superseded 07/06/2011
DSS type:Help on this termNational Minimum Data Set (NMDS)
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This data set has been developed to support the collection of data under the National Information Agreement for Early Childhood Education and Care. Responsibility for early childhood learning and care is shared between the Australian Government and the state and territory government, and involves a wide range of service providers including government, local government, community, schools and the private sector.

The Agreement provides a framework for cooperation between the Commonwealth, state and territory jurisdictions and information agencies to develop the early childhood education and care (ECEC) information base required for the Council of Australian Government (COAG) early childhood reform agenda.


Data and information in scope of the Agreement include:

• Activity under the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education (NP ECE)
• ECEC information required to support the information needs of other National Agreements and National Partnerships, including the National Partnership Agreement on Indigenous Early Childhood Development and the National Indigenous Reform Agreement
• Outcomes in relation to the COAG Participation and Productivity Agenda
• Other national reporting purposes, including but not limited to the Report on Government Services, Overcoming Indigenous Disadvantage, Report to COAG Reform Council, and National Headline Indicators on Children’s Health, Development and Wellbeing
• Monitoring, research and evaluation related to children, families and early childhood development services under the Early Childhood Development Strategy (ECDS).


Service provider organisations for the purposes of this collection are agencies directly providing services to children at a specific location. This includes organisations providing preschool, and other early childhood education and direct care services.

A preschool program is a structured, play based learning program, usually provided by a qualified teacher on a sessional basis, primarily aimed at children in the year or two before they commence formal schooling, irrespective of the type of institution that provides it or whether it is government funded or privately provided. Programs may be delivered in a variety of service settings including separate preschools or kindergartens, long day care centres, in association with a primary school etc.

The terms most commonly used to describe preschool services in various states and territories are:

  • Kindergarten – Queensland, Western Australia, Tasmania.
  • Kindergarten or Preschool – Victoria, South Australia.
  • Preschool – New South Wales, Northern Territory, Australian Capital Territory.


A preschool program may or may not be delivered in such a way that meets the Universal Access goal. The requirements for Universal Access are listed below.

The National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education is a commitment to joint Commonwealth, State and Territory action to deliver universal access to quality early childhood education in the year before formal schooling.

Universal access means that every child, in the 12 months prior to formal schooling, has access to a preschool program that is

• delivered by a four year university qualified early childhood teacher in accordance with the National Early Years Learning Framework
• available for at least 15 hours a week, 40 weeks a year
• delivered across a diversity of settings that meets the needs of parents and at a cost that does not present a barrier to participation.

The unit record level collection ECEC URL NMDS supports information to be collected at the child, teacher and service provider organisation level.

The information is to be collected within the census week in August 2010 to enable comparison with schools data collected in August each year.

ACT, NT and TAS will be completing the ECEC URL NMDS pilot in March 2010.

ACT, NT, TAS and NSW will be completing the ECEC URL NMDS collection in August 2010.

SA will collect the ECEC Aggregate NMDS collection in August 2010 and the ECEC URL NMDS in 2011.

Note: QLD, WA and VIC will be collecting the ECEC Aggregate NMDS for 2010.

 

 

Collection and usage attributes

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Child

Service provider organisation

Employed person (Teacher)

Implementation start date:Help on this term01/07/2010
Comments:Help on this termThere are a number of children's services data collections already in place, these data collections are undertaken at different times, collect different information and use different data definitions.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termEarly Childhood Data Sub Group (ECDSG)
Origin:Help on this termNational Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education
Reference documents:Help on this termNational Information Agreement for Early Childhood Education and Care 2009-2013.

Relational attributes

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See also Early Childhood Education and Care: Aggregate NMDS 2010 Early Childhood, Superseded 07/06/2011

Has been superseded by Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2011 Early Childhood, Superseded 09/03/2012

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Early Childhood Education and Care DSS 2010 Early Childhood, Superseded 07/06/2011

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-Estimated resident population (ERP) cluster (early childhood education and care)Mandatory1
-Socio-Economic Indexes for Areas (SEIFA) clusterMandatory1
-Statistical linkage key 581 clusterMandatory1
-Child—eligibility for subsidy indicator, code NMandatory1
-Child—fees charged in the census week, total Australian currency N[N(8)]Mandatory1
-Child—maximum preschool program hours available per week, total hours N[N]Mandatory1
-Child—maximum preschool program hours available per week, total hours N[N]Mandatory1
-Child—preschool program hours attended per week, total hours N[N]Mandatory1
-Child—preschool program hours enrolled per week, total hours N[N]Mandatory1
-Child—preschool service enrolment indicator, code NMandatory1
-Child—preschool service received indicator, code NMandatory1
-Person (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}Mandatory1
-Person (address)—suburb/town/locality name, text A[A(49)]Mandatory1
-Person (employed)—education field of highest relevant qualification, early childhood education and care field of qualification code N[N]Mandatory1
-Person (employed)—level of highest qualification in employment field, early childhood education and care, code N[N]Mandatory1
-Person (employed)—preschool program delivered by teacher indicator, code NMandatory1
-Person (employed)—type of work activity, early childhood education and care code NMandatory1
-Person—area of usual residence, geographical location CD code, (ASGC 2009) NNNNNNNMandatory1
-Person—area of usual residence, geographical location CD code, (ASGC 2009) NNNNNNNMandatory1
-Person—Australian state/territory identifier, code NMandatory1
-Person—date of birth, DDMMYYYYMandatory1
-Person—Indigenous status, code NMandatory1
-Person—role of early childhood education and care worker, code NMandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—Australian postcode, code (Postcode datafile) {NNNN}Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation (address)—suburb/town/locality name, text A[A(49)]Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation—management type, early childhood education and care code NMandatory1
-Service provider organisation—number of service operation weeks (calendar year), total NNMandatory1
-Service provider organisation—organisation identifier, X(15)Mandatory1
-Service provider organisation—service activity type, children's service code NMandatory1
-Service provider organisation—service delivery setting, children's services code NMandatory1
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