Scottish Exchange of Data: early learning and childcare

Information and documentation relating to the provision of data for the annual early learning and childcare data collection.

This document is part of 2 collections


This data exchange requests information on early learning and childcare provision from all registered centres. This list of centres is obtained from the Care Inspectorate and confirmed with local authorities each July. The resulting early learning and childcare statistics are published here.

Key Information

Nature of Exchange

Early learning & childcare centres to Scottish Government


Individual centres

Collection method


Census week

Week commencing Monday 11 September 2023

Submission to Scottish Government

By Friday 6 October 2023


To be confirmed

ProcXed - Completing your Data Return

Your login for ProcXed comprises a username (your Social Care & Social Work Improvement number provided by the Care Inspectorate including the letters CS) and a password. All login credentials will be provided by email.  Individual emails will be sent to your registered centre address on the 4 September 2023.  

Following the success of the last two years ELC collection, there will be no physical letters sent to centres via Royal Mail for the ELC collection. 

We have published a user guide for ProcXed and a link to the login page to help with the process.


If you don't know your CS number, you can use the Care Inspectorate – Find A Care Service to look it up.
If you are having any problems please email:  in the first instance, including your contact details and someone will reply to you as soon as possible.

If you need to speak to us, please call 0300 244 6615. 

Survey documentation

ELC census 2023: collection guidance
ELC census 2023: centrally employed guidance
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