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Early childhood education program

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Metadata item type:Help on this termGlossary Item
Synonymous names:Help on this termPreschool program
METeOR identifier:Help on this term556834
Registration status:Help on this termEarly Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015
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An early childhood education program is a structured, play-based learning program, delivered by a 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 early childhood education programs which are subject to the NP UAECE in 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 quality early childhood education program is a program which is delivered in the year before full-time schooling by a qualified early childhood teacher, in accordance with the Early Years Learning Framework and the National Quality Standard.

Collection and usage attributes

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An early childhood education 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 Universal Access to Early Childhood Education is a commitment to joint Commonwealth, State and Territory action to maintain universal access to quality early childhood education programs.

Universal access means that every child, in the year before they commence full-time school, has access to:

  • quality early childhood education program(s)
  • delivered for at least 600 hours per year
  • in a form that meets the needs of children, parents and community
  • and at a cost that does not present a barrier to participation.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termEarly Childhood Data Sub Group (ECDSG)
Steward:Help on this termEarly Childhood Data Sub Group (ECDSG)

Relational attributes

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Has been superseded by Early childhood education program Early Childhood, Standard 01/06/2015

Supersedes Preschool program Early Childhood, Superseded 28/05/2014, Community Services (retired), Standard 19/09/2013

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Child—early childhood education program attendance indicator, yes/no code N Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Child—early childhood education program enrolment indicator, yes/no code N Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Child—early childhood education program fees charged per week, total Australian currency N[N(8)] Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Child—early childhood education program hours attended (per week), total hours N[N] Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Child—early childhood education program hours enrolled (per week), total hours N[N] Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Child—early childhood education program received from a qualified teacher indicator, yes/no/not stated/inadequately described code N Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Child—early childhood education program repeater indicator, yes/no/unknown/not stated/inadequately described code N Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Child—maximum early childhood education program hours available, total hours N[N] Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Early childhood education and care contact worker Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Early childhood education and care worker cluster Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Early childhood education program enrolment hours Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Maximum early childhood education program hours available per week Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Person (employed)—role of early childhood education and care worker, code N Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Person (employed)—type of work activity, early childhood education and care, code N Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Service provider organisation—early childhood education program attendance hours, total hours N[NNNN] Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Service provider organisation—early childhood education program delivered by a qualified teacher indicator, yes/no code N Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Service provider organisation—early childhood education program weekly tuition fee schedule amount, total Australian currency N[NNNNN].NN Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Service provider organisation—government funding type, early childhood education and care, code N Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Service provider organisation—maximum early childhood education program hours available per week, total hours N[N] Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Service provider organisation—number of children attending an early childhood education program, total N[NNNN] Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Service provider organisation—number of early childhood education program enrolments, total number N[NNNN] Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Service provider organisation—number of early childhood education program hours enrolled, total hours N[NNNN] Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Service provider organisation—number of early childhood education program service operation weeks (calendar year), total NN Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Service provider organisation—number of Indigenous children attending an early childhood education program, total number N[NNNN] Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Service provider organisation—number of Indigenous children enrolled in an early childhood education program, total N[NNNN] Early Childhood, Superseded 01/06/2015

Service provider organisation—organisation identifier, X(15) Early Childhood, Standard 28/05/2014

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