Children's Services NMDS
Data Set Specification Attributes
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Set Specification|
Community Services (retired), Superseded 21/05/2010
|DSS type:||National Minimum Data Set (NMDS)|
The CS NMDS collects information about child care and preschool activities that are provided at services which are licensed and/or funded by Australian, state or territory governments to provide child care or preschool.
Children’s services aim to:
In this collection, children’s services cover formal child care and preschools. The scope of the collection excludes activities meeting the aims above where they deliver compulsory primary education. However some children’s services within scope are delivered at primary schools. These include outside school hours care, vacation care and preschool activities.
Child care and preschool services are defined as:
Playgroups, toy libraries and other activities that require the attendance of the parent/guardian and the child are excluded from the scope of the CS NMDS.
In the CS NMDS, a service is defined as the organisational unit which delivers a child care or preschool service at a particular location. In terms of the CS NMDS, ‘service’ is considered as the main counting unit for the data collection. Information is collected on agencies, the children who use these services and the workers that deliver these services.
Services included in the CS NMDS:
Services excluded from the CS NMDS:
Children included in the CS NMDS:
Children excluded from the CS NMDS:
Workers included in the CS NMDS:
for child care and preschool activities at services, which are within the scope of the CS NMDS.
Workers excluded from the CS NMDS:
Collection and usage attributes
• The CS NMDS collection would preferably occur during the same collection week in each state/territory on a regular basis. A collection week begins at 12:00am on a Monday morning and ends at 11:59pm on a Sunday night, i.e. from midnight to midnight for seven days ending on a Sunday night. A different collection week will be used for a collection specific to vacation care.
Other organisations have a complex, hierarchical structure where these responsibilities are located at different levels of an organisation, or with different organisations, for example long day care centre management committees or family day care schemes.
In a complex structure, one level of an organisation may be accountable to government. A lower level of the same organisation may be responsible for managing the provision of child care and preschool activities at one or more services. It is at these services providing child care or preschool activities to children where data is collected and reported using the CS NMDS.
Source and reference attributes
Children's Services Data Working Group
|Steward:||National Community Services Information Management Group (NCSIMG)|
Children's Services National Minimum Data Dictionary, AIHW 2005.
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Has been superseded by Early Childhood Education and Care DSS 2010
Early Childhood, Superseded 07/06/2011
Has been superseded by Early Childhood Education and Care DSS 2011
Early Childhood, Superseded 09/03/2012