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

Identifying and definitional attributes

Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termEarly childhood education program hours enrolled (total)
Synonymous names:Help on this termPreschool program hours enrolled (total)
METeOR identifier:Help on this term731212
Registration status:Help on this termEarly Childhood, Standardisation pending 31/07/2020
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The total number of hours of an early childhood education program that a child is enrolled to receive per week.

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

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Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termTotal
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN[N]
Maximum character length:Help on this term2
Unit of measure:Help on this termHour (h)

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this termTotal hours expressed as 0, 1, 2, 25, 60 etc.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

Guide for use:Help on this term

A child is considered to be enrolled if they have been offered a place and formally enrolled and registered in an early childhood education program, and the child:

  • has attended an early childhood education program for at least one hour during the reference period (including attended an early childhood education program online or remotely due to COVID-19 impacts) OR
  • was absent during the reference period due to illness or extended holiday leave or due to COVID-19 impacts, but expected to return.

Exclude a child who:

  • has only completed enrolment procedures at the service
  • has left the service (e.g. has ceased education or changed services), or has been absent without explanation for four continuous weeks (excluding school vacations) prior to the reference period.

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.

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

If the number of hours attended per week is unknown, record 99.

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The hours of an early childhood education program a child is enrolled to receive 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.

Enrolment hours should include all enrolled sessions even those that were not attended or delivered due to COVID-19 impacts.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Australian Department of Education, Skills and Employment

Steward:Help on this termData Strategy Group (DSG)

Relational attributes

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

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Early Childhood Education and Care: Unit Record Level NMDS 2020 Early Childhood, Standardisation pending 31/07/2020

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