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 1.4


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 4 December 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added updated document. Changes are described in the document's version history.
  2. Updated guidance with version 1.3.
  3. Updated 'Early years census 2019 guide'. The document's version history describes the changes.
  4. First published.