Early Leaning Funding - October 2018

Funding reminders for the Early Learning Sector for October 2018 including the RS7 return update and ERS information for playgroups.

RS7 return update

Next payment date

On 1 November 2018 the Ministry will pay the next instalment of early childhood education (ECE) funding to services that submitted their RS7 return before 6 October 2018.

Services that submit their RS7 return after 6 October 2018, but before 6 November 2018, will receive funding overnight on Friday 20 November 2018.

Emails acknowledging receipt of the RS7 returns are sent out to services. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email within 2 working days of your submission, please check your student management system (SMS) or ELI reports and contact the Ministry.

Funding notices are posted to services on the payment date. The Ministry does not provide confirmation of amounts prior to this date.


Early learning services are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the data submitted.  Resubmissions are available to correct genuine errors or oversights that come to light at a later date.

Resubmissions for the June to September 2018 period can be made electronically up until 31 December 2018. After this date, any resubmissions must be done via hardcopy. Submissions that relate to earlier than October 2017 will not be processed. Resubmissions may be audited by the Ministry’s Monitoring Team to verify their accuracy. 

Further information

For information about the funding rules, please refer to the ECE Funding Handbook published on our website. 

ECE Funding Handbook(external link)

Information about the electronic RS7 returns and ELI are available on the ELI Homepage.

ELI Homepage(external link)

For any questions, or if you need to discuss any funding issues, please contact Resourcing Support, Monday to Friday, 8am to 5pm:

For any licensing or general operational matters, or if you require any updates to your service’s contact details, please contact your local Ministry office.

Local Ministry office(external link)

We also have key funding dates that are published on education.govt.nz.

ECE key funding dates for 2018(external link)

Education Resourcing System – information for Playgroups

A reminder that Playgroup Operational Funding requests (PG3s) have been processed in the new Education Resourcing System (ERS) for this funding round. Your payment advice notice will now be sent to you by email instead of through the post. Please contact your regional ECE Advisor with any queries about your payment or if you do not receive an advice notice. 

Education Resourcing System (ERS)(external link)

The next round of Playgroup Special Grants (PG4s) will also be paid via the ERS. You will continue to apply for PG4 grants in the usual way by filling in the paper form, but the confirmation and details of the payment will be emailed to you.

The process of setting Playgroups up with access to ERS is now in progress. Over the next few months you can expect to be contacted by your regional ECE Advisor who will advise you on how to set up access to ERS.

Once your access is set up you will be able to log into ERS and:

  • check the progress of your current requests
  • request PG3 funding via ERS when the next funding round opens in early 2019
  • track the status of each request
  • view your payment advice notices online.

Please contact your regional ECE Advisor if you have any questions.

Updates will be provided in future issues of He Pānui Kōhungahunga as further early learning funding types are transitioned to ERS. For more information and FAQs you can visit the ERS page on education.govt.nz or email us at ERS.info@education.govt.nz

Local Ministry office information(external link)

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