Early learning information

About ELI

Our Early Learning Information (ELI) system collects and stores information on enrolment and attendance in early childhood education (ECE) for approximately 200,000 children throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Prior to ELI, information on participation in ECE was collected at an aggregate level once per year. Through ELI, participation information is collected on an ongoing basis at a child level. The data is therefore more accurate and timely, which improves the quality of information collected on participation in ECE. This better information enhances our ability to monitor and forecast ECE expenditure, and design new policies, which is part of an increasing focus on children making a stronger start in their early learning.

More reading about the ELI System, its benefits and, history can be found in the following sections:

How ELI works

History of ELI


Important information

Important information about the ELI Principles of Use, Privacy of ELI data, ELI questions and answers, and resources are available in these sections.

ELI questions and answers provide general information about ELI, Connecting to ELI, ELI Data, National Student Numbers (NSNs), Funding (RS7 return) and the ECE Census.

ELI web and ELI reports are available at applications.education.govt.nz

Education applications – Ministry of Education Applications(external link)

ELI questions and answers

ELI principles of use

ELI privacy information

ELI resources

Contact us

ELI team

Email: eli.queries@education.govt.nz

Freephone; 0800 323 323 (NZ only)

Resourcing team

Email: e.admin@education.govt.nz

Freephone: 0800 323 323 (NZ only)

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