Appendix 1: Sample of early learning services

Table 1: Service type

Service Type

Number of services in sample

Percentage of services in sample

National percentage of services

Education and Care Service

112

67%

62%

Playcentre

22

13%

10%

Kindergarten

22

13%

15%

Home-based

10

6%

12%

Hospital-based

1

1%

1%

Total

167

100%

100%

 

As shown in Table 1 this sample was closely representative of national figures. Education and care services and Playcentres are over-represented. Kindergartens and home-based education and care services are under-represented. These differences are not statistically significant.[1]

 

Table 2: Location

Location

Number of services in sample

Percentage of services in sample

National percentage of services

Main Urban Area

113

68%

75%

Minor Urban Area

15

9%

11%

Secondary Urban Area

20

12%

6%

Rural Area

19

11%

8%

Total

167

100%

100%

As shown in Table 2 this sample was closely representative of national figures. Main urban area and minor urban area are under-represented. Secondary urban area and rural area are
over-represented. These differences are statistically significant.

 



[1] The differences between observed and expected values in Tables 1 and 2 were tested using a Chi square test. The level of statistical significance for all statistical tests in this report was p<0.05.