Early Childhood Education and Care: Aggregate 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.
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 the 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 year before they commence full-time schooling, has access to a preschool program that is:
The aggregate level collection supports information to be collected at the 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.
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