Annual Preschool Census

Every August all NSW Government-funded community preschools must complete the early childhood education annual preschool census. This page details how and when services complete the census.

2021 census: key dates

Before 19 July

  • Ensure you have a myGovID account and can log in to ECCMS.
  • Make sure your details (main, contact and address) are up to date at both:
    • the Service Provider level
    • the Funding Specifications level.

19 July - 27 August

  • Enter your service's census data in ECCMS.
  • Ensure your service's data is accurate and submitted by Friday August 27.

2 August - 13 August

  • This is the representative fortnight for the census.
  • It encompasses 10 days and provides a snapshot of preschool operations.
  • Include all children enrolled and all staff employed at your service during this period.

How to get help

Entering data into ECCMS

  • Read the tips in:
    • ECCMS
    • the Annual Preschool Census - Quick Reference Guide in the resources box below.
  • Contact the department's data collection helpline by:

Logging into ECCMS and funding queries

Data collection

We collect and manage census data in conjunction with The Centre for Education Statistics and Evaluation.

We use the data for government reporting purposes and to calculate service funding.

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