Starting a centre-based ECE service

This is a guide for service providers interested in establishing a licensed early childhood education (ECE) and care centre. Please make sure you read the whole document before taking further steps to establishing your ECE service.

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The Early Learning Information (ELI) System

The Ministry of Education’s Early Learning Information (ELI) System collects and stores information on enrolment and attendance in early childhood education (ECE) for approximately 180,000 children throughout Aotearoa.

The ELI System improves the ability of the Ministry and the ECE sector to exchange information electronically and will enhance the quality of information on participation in ECE.

The Ministry uses ELI System information for educational monitoring, reporting and research, and the development of new initiatives.

ELI Information Requirements Licensed ECE services, unless specifically exempt, need to return specific information through the ELI System.