Consultation on changes to the ELI Principles of Use

Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga | Ministry of Education is consulting on changes to the ELI Principles of Use.

15 September 2022

Public and early learning sector views are being sought on a proposed update to the ELI Principles of Use. The main changes are to Principle 1. This Principle describes how the Ministry of Education and the early childhood education (ECE) sector share responsibility for information collected in the ELI system.

Current state

Since 2013, eligible licensed early learning services have been connected to ELI to regularly submit and confirm child-level and service-level information. This information is used by the Ministry for:

  • monitoring and ensuring student enrolment and attendance
  • statistical purposes
  • research purposes
  • encouraging attendance at early learning services
  • ensuring education providers and children receive appropriate resourcing
  • ensuring children’s education records are accurately maintained
  • making informed policy decisions; and
  • calculating funding for initiatives such as equity and targeted funding.

Changes proposed

We are proposing to update the ELI Principles of Use to allow the Minister of Education or the Secretary for Education to exercise their powers or responsibilities under the Education and Training Act 2020. This change will also reflect Privacy Principles 10 and 11 which limit the use and disclosure of private information.

This change will allow ELI data to be used to assess applications for Network Management. Network Management is designed to support a system that enables all children and their whanau to have access to quality early learning settings, particularly in communities that have been underserved, and to support parental and whānau choice.

You can download the ELI Principles of Use and learn more about Network Management through the links below.

ELI Principles of Use and proposed changes [PDF, 128 KB]

Network management for licensed early childhood services

ELI Information Collection

Office of the Privacy Commissioner | Privacy Act 2020 and the Privacy Principles(external link)

Consultation is an important chance for all people interested in the use of data collected from early learning services to have their say.

Consultation on the proposal closes on Thursday 29 September 2022.

Providing feedback

Any feedback is welcome but we are particularly interested in:

  • What do you like about the proposal?
  • Is there anything you’d like to change about the proposal?
  • Do you have any other questions?

Let us know if you have any feedback on this proposal by Thursday 29 September.

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