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By David Standen2011 Census Editorial Officer

In March, a white envelope with a purple C emblazoned on it will drop through every letterbox in England and Wales. It signals the arrival of the 2011 Census questionnaire – the once-a-decade event run by the Office for National Statistics that affects everyone in England and Wales

Census 2011 logo

The questionnaire is only the beginning, though. The statistics gathered will be used as the cornerstone for planning our communities for years to come. Schools, play parks, hospitals, community centres – census data are used in the planning of all of these.

Use these activity ideas to demonstrate to children the importance of the census in taking a snapshot of a particular time.

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