The Department for Education has issued the two guidance documents listed below to support early years PVI providers and local authorities in England to accurately record their Early Years Census 2021 returns. These documents supplement the Early Years Census 2021 Guide.
- Spring School Census 2021 – Readiness Bulletin Number 2
- Coronavirus-related support for submitting an Early Years Census 2021 return
The census date for the 2021 spring school census is Thursday 21 January with the deadline for approved submissions being Wednesday 17 February. The database will be closed to amendments from schools and local authorities on Wednesday 17 March.
PACEY calls for improved funding support
PACEY continues to urge the government to reverse its decision to reduce early education funding, which was previously provided at pre-Covid levels regardless of the number of children attending each setting. This support protected some providers against fluctuation in attendance due to the pandemic, but was withdrawn as a commitment at the end of 2020. Reinstatement of this support is one of the asks in PACEY's joint campaign #ProtectEarlyYears, alongside access to mass asymptomatic home testing and prioritisation in the next phase of vaccinations.