April 2024

Expansion to early childcare entitlements: eligibility codes issued and validated

Data guidance



This data reports management information from DfE's Eligibility Checking Service.


We are publishing cumulative numbers of two-year-old children applying for the April 2024 term.

File formats and conventions

Three variables are reported - Codes Issued, Codes Validated, and the percentage of issued codes which have been validated. 

Data files

All data files associated with this releases are listed below with guidance on their content. To download any of these files, please visit our data catalogue.

Issued and validated code totals nationally as at 17th April

Geographic levels
Time period

This file report total counts of codes issued and validated for two-year-olds by 17th April 2024. 

Variable names and descriptions

Variable names and descriptions for this file are provided below:

Variable nameVariable description
codes_issuedCodes issued for two-year-olds
codes_validatedCodes validated for two-year-olds
percentage_validatedPercentage of codes validated
  1. Whilst care has been taken to remove duplicates from the data, as described in the methodology section, there may be unique cases where more than one code may exist for one child.