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Quick guide: Early Years Profiles

1. What are the system requirements?

The profiles are produced using HTML and are viewable on all modern browsers (Internet Explorer 9 and above, Chrome, FireFox and Safari), and mobile devices. If you are using Internet Explorer 9 and still have trouble viewing the reports this may be a problem with ‘Compatibility View’. Clicking the icon in the bar at the top of the page (compatibility view) will switch off this feature for this site, and should allow you to view the profiles.

We recommend you use a modern browser, however we have also made flash versions of the profiles available if you only have access to an earlier browser.

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2. What do the different elements of the profiles mean?

Use the buttons along the top of the screen to change between the four views, 'View England profile', 'View by local authority', 'View by indicator' and 'View topical report'. 'View Key' explains the meaning of the symbols used. 'Help' to return to this guide.
Clicking the metadata icon (metadata icon) next to an indicator's name will link to a metadata page with detailed information about the indicator.

Early Years Profiles - England

The Early Years Profiles – England shows national trend and baseline information where available.

Use the list of indicators in the 'Select data' table to change which trend chart is shown in the area below it.

The table on the right shows:

  • Indicator name name of the indicator along with the year in brackets.

  • Value – latest available value for the indicator, corresponding to the year stated in the indicator name.

  • Baseline – value of the indicator at the baseline period, which will be data taken at or around 2010. The date is shown in the metadata.

  • Trend – This highlights the direction and extent of statistically significant change from the baseline year using the symbols shown in the key below.

    worse Trend: worse Values are increasing
    worse Trend: worse Values are decreasing
    no change Trend: no change No significant difference from the baseline year
    better Trend: better Values are increasing
    better Trend: better Values are decreasing
    no data No data Trend cannot be calculated

Early Years Profiles - local authorities

The Early Years Profiles – local authorities gives a more detailed view of how a local authority is performing compared to the England and regional values.

When the profile opens select the area, or areas, you are interested in from the list shown. Click ‘Show/hide areas’ when you have made your selection.

The profile shows:

  • Indicator name name of the indicator along with the year in brackets.

  • Area – the area/s you selected.

  • Value – latest available value for the indicator, corresponding to the year stated in the indicator name.

  • Baseline – value of the indicator at the baseline period, which will be data taken at or around 2010. The date is shown in the metadata.

  • Trend – This highlights the direction and extent of statistically significant change from the baseline year using the symbols shown in the key below.

    worse Trend: worse Values are increasing
    worse Trend: worse Values are decreasing
    no change Trend: no change No significant difference from the baseline year
    better Trend: better Values are increasing
    better Trend: better Values are decreasing
    no data No data Trend cannot be calculated

  • England – the England value for the indicator.

  • Performance (low … high) – this column shows a spine chart which goes from the lowest value across all the local authorities to the highest. Three colours are used: green, yellow and red.

    good Good Range of areas which are performing well compared to the England average
    medium Average Range of areas which are aren’t significantly different to the England average
    poor Poor Range of areas which are performing poorly compared to the England average

On this bar the England average is shown as a red line (england), the regional value as a grey diamond (regional) and the local value as a black dot (local).

Early Years Profiles - indicator view

The Early Years Profiles – indicator view allows you to compare performance with other local authorities and nationally by individual indicator. Information is displayed on a map, time series chart (where data is available) and bar chart.

Use ‘Select data’ to change which indicator is displayed. Use ‘Select filter’ to only display information for one geographical region or PHE centre.

Where information is available for more than one year, a time series chart is produced when you select a local authority from the map or table. You can use this to look for trends in your local area.

For more detail about interpreting the information shown on the map and charts, see the ‘Quick guide to viewing single maps’.

Early Years - Topical Report

The Early Years – Topical Report presents a local picture helping you to interpret and act on the data. It supports effective intervention on the ‘6 high impact priority areas’ for health visiting: transition to parenthood and the early weeks including early attachment; maternal mental health; breastfeeding; healthy weight; health and wellbeing at age 2 years; and managing minor illness and reducing accidents.

To see the report, choose a local authority area from the drop-down list.

This ready-made report allows you to copy and paste text, tables and charts into your own local presentations and reports. (Please acknowledge the Child and Maternal (ChiMat) Health Intelligence Network, Public Health England (PHE) as the source and state the date on which you accessed the report.)

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3. What do the profiles tell me about my local area?

After extensive consultation, a guide has been developed to support interpretation of the data and guide effective evidence-based actions to improve outcomes for children and their families. The Topical Report described above supports this guide by presenting the information for each local authority area.

If you need any further advice in using the Early Years Profiles or interpreting the information they provide, contact the Local Specialist working in your area.

Find out more about the health visiting programme on the NHS England website.

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