Attendance Register update: Important Change from January

The last attendance data return for this year has now been made to the DfE. If you are open you should continue to make Attendance Register returns up until January 6; after that date the Attendance Register will no longer be accessible.

From January 7, a new Attendance Collection Survey will replace the Attendance Register. Having listened to your feedback, we are changing what we do by reducing both the frequency and amount of information that we ask you to give us. We believe that these changes will make a big difference for you and for us!

The Attendance Collection Survey will only need to be completed fortnightly. An email will be sent to the person who has been completing the Attendance Register. The email will arrive on the Tuesday following the Thursday that we must make a return to the DfE. You will get the link to the Attendance Survey in the email that should be completed and returned by 18:00pm on Wednesday 20th January. This gives us a little time to collate and analyse the data before submitting it to the DfE on Thursday 21st in the afternoon.

Email sent to providers with a link to the Attendance Collection Survey on: Providers complete the survey for any one typical day between these dates: Submit the survey before: Devon County Council make the return to Department for Education
Tuesday 12 January 12 and 20 January 18:00 20 January 21 January
Tuesday 26 January 26 and 3 February 18:00 3 February 4 February
Tuesday 9 February 9 and 17 February 18:00 17 February 18 February
Tuesday 23 February 23 and 3 March 18:00 3 March 4 March

The DfE still want to know:

  • How many children are attending
  • Of those children, how many are vulnerable
  • How many have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a Social Worker
  • Whether you are open or closed
  • Whether there were unmet needs for childcare

The DfE will review the data collection frequency again in Spring and are reserving the right to revert back to weekly returns should it become necessary.