Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2010
Identifying and definitional attributes
|Metadata item type:||Data Set Specification|
|DSS type:||National Minimum Data Set (NMDS)|
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.
• Activity under the National Partnership Agreement on Early Childhood Education (NP ECE)
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:
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
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.
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