Early years census 2019: guide

Guide for local authorities to help them prepare and submit 2019 early years census data.


Early years census 2019 guide: version 1.3


This guide is to help local authorities and early years providers, who receive direct government funding, prepare and return the 2019 early years census.

It includes:

  • changes from the 2018 census
  • the scope of the 2019 census
  • the statutory basis of the census
  • important dates
  • a glossary of data items
  • detailed codesets

The technical specification and validation rules are also available.

Published 29 May 2018
Last updated 8 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated guidance with version 1.3.
  2. Updated 'Early years census 2019 guide'. The document's version history describes the changes.
  3. First published.