Connect to ELI

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Common Terms
ECE Early Childhood Education
NSN National Student Number
SMS Student Management System
Ministry Ministry of Education

What does it mean to connect to ELI?

Early learning services connect to ELI by submitting data to the Ministry via ELI Web or an SMS. To connect to ELI, early learning services must have a unique logon and password. 

How does my service connect to ELI?

The ELI Information Pack for New ECE Services, located under the Resources tab provides instructions on how to connect to ELI and the considerations your service will need to make.

Early learning services should only use either ELI Web or an approved commercial SMS.

If you decide to use ELI Web, you will login via the ELI Homepage and your data will be sent automatically to the Ministry.

If you decide to use an SMS, you will login via your software and may be required to submit your data to the Ministry.

What is the difference between using ELI Web or an SMS to connect to ELI?

An SMS typically provides more functionality than ELI Web. ELI Web is designed to collect the required data from early learning services that do not use an SMS.

I am a new service, how long do i have to connect to ELI?

Early learning services are expected to connect to ELI within 8 weeks of the license being issued. Early learning services that do not connect within this timeframe will be in breach of the ELI Principles of Use.

What should services do to prepare to connect to ELI?

  1. Read the ELI Information Pack for New ECE Services and make arrangements to connect to via ELI Web or an SMS.
  2. Ensure that your service is using the most recent Enrolment Agreement Form.
  3. Ask for a copy of each child's official identification documentation upon enrolment. This document will be used to allocate or create NSNs.
  4. Decide who from your service(s) needs to have access to submit ELI data and get them to compete the relevant Education Sector Account forms.

When should I begin entering enrolment and attendance data from?

Early learning services must begin entering ELI data within 8 weeks of your license being issued, however the enrolment and attendance data should be entered from the date the service's license was issued.

How do I get ELI access for my service?

Depending on the method you use to connect to ELI, your service may need an Education Sector Account. You can request an Education Sector account by completing the relevant forms located on the Resources page.

Education Sector Accounts are required for the following access:

 

National   Student Index

ELI   Web

ELI   Reports

RS7 Return Submitter

No   SMS (ELI Web)

N/A

Required

Recommended

Required

APT

Required

N/A

Available

Required

All   other SMS

N/A

N/A

Available

N/A

What is an Education Sector Account?

An Education Sector Account is a unique logon for individuals to access certain Ministry systems. Education Sector Accounts are used to ensure that Ministry systems are secure and the information being accessed on these systems through the use of a logon and password.

Why do I need to get an Education Sector Account?

Education Sector Accounts are used to control access to ELI so that information collected on individuals can be kept private and secure.

Who needs an Education Sector Account?

The Service Provider should decide who needs an Education Sector Account to access ELI.  The staff who would usually do your service’s administration will most likely be the staff who will need an Education Sector Account to access ELI.  

Anyone requiring access to ELI WebELI Reports, the National Student Index and/or RS7 Return Submission rights will need to apply for an Education Sector Account. 

How do I get an Education Sector Account?

You will need to complete the relevant Education Sector Account form (Form A or Form B) and return it to the Ministry.  These forms can be downloaded from the Resources page, along with a user guide.

How do I get a new logon or password?

If you have forgotten your logon and/or password you can call the Ministry on 0800 ECE ECE (0800 323 323) to have your account details sent to you.  Note: The Education Sector account holder must not share their Education Sector User name or password or let another person use their Education Sector account.

If your password has expired, you can call the Ministry on 0800 ECE ECE (0800 323 323) to have your password reset.