The Ministry of Education’s 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.
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.