Child—early childhood education program hours attended (per week), total hours N[N]

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Data Element
Short name:Early childhood education program hours attended (total)
Synonymous names:Preschool program hours attended (total)
METeOR identifier:731210
Registration status:Early Childhood, Standardisation pending 31/07/2020
Definition:

The total number of hours of an early childhood education program that a child has attended per week.

Data Element Concept:Child—early childhood education program hours attended

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Total
Data type:Number
Format:N[N]
Maximum character length:2
Unit of measure:Hour (h)

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Total hours expressed as 0, 1, 2, 25, 60 etc.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:

A child is recorded as having attended an early childhood education program if they were present for at least one hour during the reference period.  This should include all children who attended an early childhood education program online or remotely during the reference period due to impacts of COVID-19 where the hours of attendance are known.

Non-instructional times such as recess, tea breaks and lunch breaks should be included if the child was under the supervision of the service provider organisation.

If the child attends more than one early childhood education program in a given day, non-instructional or waiting times between programs should be excluded in the count of hours.

The hours attended may be less than or equal to the maximum number of hours available for children to attend the early childhood education program and/or the hours the child is enrolled, at the service in the reference period.

0 (zero) hours should only be recorded for children who were enrolled but did not attend an early childhood education program during the reference period.

If the number of hours attended per week is unknown record 99. This could include situations where a child is attending an early childhood education program online or remotely due to COVID-19 impacts and the hours of attendance are not known.

Collection methods:

The hours of an early childhood education program attended should be reported for the specified reference period.

Jurisdictions which adopt a two week reference period are required to derive their data to a representative reference week.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:

Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Steward:Data Strategy Group (DSG)

Relational attributes

Related metadata references:

Supersedes Child—early childhood education program hours attended (per week), total hours N[N] Early Childhood, Standardisation pending 05/08/2020

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:
All attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2020 Early Childhood, Standard 02/12/2020

DSS specific attributes +

Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2021 Early Childhood, Candidate 09/07/2021

DSS specific attributes +