Early years census 2019: technical specification

Technical specification and validation rules for local authorities and software suppliers preparing for the early years census 2019.



Information about submitting data for the early years census 2019 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.

Published 29 May 2018
Last updated 8 November 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated the validation rules spreadsheet to version 1.1. The version history describes the changes.
  2. Updated 'Early years census 2019: business and technical specification'. Changes are described in the document's version history.
  3. First published.