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Early years foundation stage profile return: how to submit data

The early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) return is a statutory data collection of EYFSP assessments. Local authorities must complete statutory data collections by law unless there’s a good reason not to.

The EYFSP is an assessment of children’s development and learning at the end of the reception year.

To submit the EYFSP return, you must send assessments for all children getting early education at a state-funded early years setting, including:

settings that are part of a local-authority-maintained school
settings that are part of an academy or free school
all private, voluntary and independent organisations that offer education for children aged under 5, including nurseries and childminders

Early years settings are organisations that offer education for children aged under 5.

Dates for the 2022 return:

collection opens: 1 June 2022
deadline for submitting data: 29 July 2022

Submit your data

You’ll need to:

register and log in with DfE Sign-in
use COLLECT to submit your data

Please contact your school or local authority approver, if:

you want to request a DfE Sign-in username or password so you can access COLLECT
EYFSP is not on the list of collections you can see in COLLECT

Get help using DfE Sign-in

If you do not know who your approver is, please use the DfE Sign-in request form.

If you’ve forgotten your password, use DfE Sign-in to reset it. You will need to click ‘Start now’ and then the ‘I’ve forgotten my password’ link.

Note that we’ll only be able to change the status of your data submission to ‘authorised’ once you’ve cleared all errors in the data in COLLECT.

Return documents

The following documents will help you complete the return:

Do you need help?

Submitting data

Please use the service request form if you have any questions about your data. We aim to answer your question within 5 working days.


Please use the feedback form if you have any comments about our data collection service, including COLLECT and the helpdesk service.

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