Guide for local authorities to help them prepare and submit 2020 early years census data.


Early years census 2020: guide

Ref: DfE-00153-2019PDF, 1.6MB, 54 pages


These guides are to help local authorities and early years providers, who receive direct government funding, prepare and return the 2020 early years census.

They include:

  • changes from the 2019 census
  • the scope of the 2020 census
  • the statutory basis of the census
  • important dates
  • a glossary of data items
  • detailed codesets
  • funding methodology

Local authorities should use the methodology and part-time equivalent (PTE) guide to help them correctly record children who stretch their funded entitlement on the early years census.

The technical specification and validation rules are also available.

Published 24 July 2019