Guidance

Early years census 2018: technical specification

Technical specification and validation rules for local authorities and software suppliers preparing for the early years census 2018.

Documents

Early years census 2018: validation rules, version 1.3

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Early years census 2018: validation rules, version 1.3

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Details

This is technical information about submitting data for the early years census 2018.

It is for:

  • suppliers of software for local authority management information systems (MIS)
  • users of local authority MIS software

It explains:

  • changes to the previous year’s census collection
  • what data local authorities should supply at establishment level and child level
  • how to structure the data in XML or CSV format
  • how to check the data against the validation rules

The validation rules are available in Excel and OpenDocument formats.

Read more about submitting data for the early years census.