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Early Childhood Education and Care Services Census

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​​​The Queensland Early Childhood Education and Care Services (ECEC) Census is an annual data collection from the early childhood education and care sector.

All early childhood education and care services are asked to complete the Census, including long day care, kindergarten, family day care, outside school hours care (OSHC) and state and non-state schools that provide kindergarten programs.

Collected information is used for planning and program development, monitoring outcomes of early childhood initiatives, such as universal access to kindergarten and the implementation of the National Quality Framework.

In 2020, the Census recorded an amazing response rate of 100%. Following quality assurance processes, the Department of Education will use collected data to inform policy and program development, monitor trends and report on service delivery.

2021 data collection

This year's Census begins on Monday 23 August 2021.

The reference period for 2021 is 23 August to 29 August 2021.

Services will have until Sunday 12 September 2021 to complete the survey.

Please refer to the following documentation to help you complete the survey:

five children and one adult sitting around a table looking at something on it

Preparation

two ladies in blue shirts talking

Staff forms

four children at a table interacting with a game

Child upload

two women sitting with two children

Additional information

More information

Queensland ECEC Service Census Data: Access previous years' census data (2016–2020) reported by Department of Education region and service provider type.

For further enquiries regarding the Early Childhood Education and Care Services Census please contact:

Email: census.ecec@qed.qld.gov.au
Phone: 1300 613 188​

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Last updated 10 August 2021