Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2011
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 governments, 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:
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.
Organisations may provide multiple services, however for the purpose of reporting against the NP ECE, only preschool programs are included.
A preschool program is a structured, play based learning program, delivered by a degree qualified teacher aimed at children in the year or two before they commence full-time 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 school etc.
The terms most commonly used to describe preschool programs in states and territories are:
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 year before they commence full-time schooling, has access to a preschool program that is:
The unit record level collection supports information to be collected at the child, teacher and service provider organisation level.
The information is to be collected within the reference period in August 2011 to enable comparison with schools' data collected in August each year.
Note: Queensland services not funded by the state government to deliver approved kindergarten programs will be collecting the ECEC Aggregate NMDS for 2011.
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