The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Return week this year is 24 to 30 June 2019. All early learning services need to submit their ECE Return by 12 July 2019. The information is crucial for monitoring and policy development for ECE in New Zealand. Please remember to submit a fully completed and accurate return by the due date. Your funding may be withheld if we do not receive your submission on time.
All early learning services connected to ELI need to submit an electronic ECE Return through their Student Management System (SMS) or ELI Web.
Early learning services that are not eligible to connect to ELI, or are currently exempt from connecting to ELI, will need to complete the digital RS61 form this year. There are 2 types of digital RS61 forms available:
The link to the digital RS61 form will be available for download from the Education Counts website in due course.
A link will also be sent to the appropriate services by 7 June 2019. To receive this, please ensure the email address held by the Ministry is accurate by contacting your local Ministry office.
If you prefer using paper RS61 Returns, they will be available for printing from the Education Counts website in due course.
For common questions and answers about the ECE Return please see the Questions and Answers page on the ELI homepage.
For further queries please contact the Ministry at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0800 323 323.
Some information collected in the ECE Return (such as child enrolment, attendance, staff qualifications and certification information) can be checked by services in their SMS now and updated if necessary. Other information is more specific to the ECE Return week.
For early learning services connected to ELI, child data (eg, enrolments and attendance) are sent regularly to the Ministry from your SMS or ELI Web.
Please make sure that the following child details are up to date:
Staff and teacher information must be provided for those working during the ECE Return week. This includes educators, coordinators and relieving staff. Depending on the SMS you use, you may be able to update this information prior to the ECE Return week.
Please ensure the following staff details are up to date:
During the ECE Return week you will be asked to report on your service’s: