Appendix 2: Sample

Data for this evaluation was gathered from 268 services reviewed in Terms 3 and 4 2011. Table 1 shows the types of services in the overall sample.

Table 1: Service types for overall sample

Service type

Number

Percentage of sample

National percentage[37]

Education and care

159

59

62

Kindergarten

53

20

17

Playcentre

37

14

12

Home‑based Network

18

7

9

Casual Education and Care

1

<1

<1

Total

268

100

100

The types of services in this sample were representative of national figures.

The data in this evaluation is analysed in two groups – services that had children with moderate to severe special needs currently enrolled, and those services that did not. Tables 2 and 3 show the types of services in these two groups.

Table 2: Service types for sample of services with children with moderate to severe special needs enrolled

Service type

Number

Percentage of sample

National percentage

Education and care

57

55

62

Kindergarten

35

33

17

Playcentre

3

3

12

Home‑based Network

9

9

9

Casual Education and Care

0

0

<1

Total

104

100

100

The sample of services with children with moderate to severe special needs currently enrolled is not representative of national figures. [38] Education and care services and Playcentres are under‑represented, and kindergartens are over‑represented.

 Table 3: Service types for sample of services without children with moderate to severe special needs enrolled

Service type

Number

Percentage of sample

National percentage

Education and care

102

62

62

Kindergarten

18

11

17

Playcentre

34

21

12

Home‑based Network

9

5

9

Casual Education and Care

1

1

<1

Total

164

100

100

The sample of services who do not currently have children with moderate to severe special needs enrolled is not representative of national figures. Kindergartens and home‑based networks are under‑represented, and Playcentres are over‑represented.