Update on the June 2018 annual ECE return

The annual early childhood education (ECE) return week for 2018 was 18 to 24 June 2018. All ECE returns, including RS61 forms, were due to the Ministry by 11 July 2018.

All early learning services should now have submitted an electronic ECE return via ELI or a paper-based/digital RS61 unless the Ministry has been notified otherwise. Thank you to those who have submitted already. If you have not done so, your service should submit their return immediately.

Completing an accurate annual ECE return on time is a mandatory requirement of the ELI Principles of Use. Services not connected to ELI must submit a complete and accurate RS61 form by the due date. Your funding may be withheld if the Ministry does not receive your return on time.

A copy of the digital 2018 RS61 ECE return form is available for download from the Education Counts website. We can post a copy to you if you prefer using paper-based RS61 returns. You can request a paper copy by emailing us at ece.statistics@education.govt.nz.

The Ministry has started contacting early learning services about late returns and potential inaccuracies.

For more information about the annual ECE return please visit the Annual ECE Return Questions and Answers page or email us at ece.statistics@education.govt.nz.