Early years census

The early years census, carried out each January, is a statutory collection of data from all early years providers who receive direct government funding for any 2-, 3- or 4-year-olds.

Early years providers and nurseries funded by the local authority, or private, voluntary or independent providers who do not receive government funding, do not take part in this census.

The next early years census will take place on Thursday 18 January 2024

See the DfE guidance how to complete the early years census