Early Learning Funding Update – September 2019

Funding reminder for the Early Learning Sector for September 2019 about the upcoming RS7 Return.

RS7 Return update 

On 1 November 2019, the Ministry will pay the next instalment of ECE funding to services that submit their RS7 Return before 7 October.

Services that submit their RS7 Return after 7 October, but before 8 November, will receive funding overnight on 20 November 2019.

Emails acknowledging receipt of the RS7 Returns will be sent to services. If you do not receive an acknowledgement email within 2 working days of your submission, please check your student management system 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 payable prior to this date.

Special Circumstances - Staff hour count and absences

For teacher-led services that are required to submit staff hour counts (SHC), where you are claiming Funded Child Hours and have no SHC data, an explanation is required either by letter or email attached to your paper RS7. If you are submitting your RS7 return electronically, please email details (including your service number) to ECE.Funding@education.govt.nz. Without an explanation, any day with a SHC of zero will not be funded. 

Examples: There was a day in this funding period where your service was open but no children attended, or there was an approved emergency closure during the period.


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 – September 2019 period should be made electronically. Resubmissions can be made electronically up until 31 December 2019.  After this date, any resubmissions must be done via hardcopy.  Submissions that relate to earlier than October 2018 will not be processed. Resubmissions may be audited by the Ministry’s Monitoring team to verify their accuracy.

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