EYFSP return 2018: technical specification

Specification for software suppliers and local authorities preparing for the early years foundation stage profile (EYFSP) 2018 data return.



This specification is for:

  • suppliers developing software for use in management information systems
  • local authorities collecting and submitting data for the 2018 EYFSP data return

It explains:

  • the business rationale for the return
  • changes for the 2018 return
  • methods for importing data into local authority information systems
  • how to prepare and submit the data in XML format
  • the validation rules that DfE will apply to the data

You should read this guide alongside the common basic data set (CBDS). This defines common data items that we use in our data collections.

More guidance on submitting data to complete the EYFSP return is available.

Published 21 December 2017
Last updated 21 March 2018 + show all updates
  1. Updated the specification. The version history describes the updates.
  2. First published.