|ECE||Early Childhood Education|
|NSN||National Student Number|
|SMS||Student Management System|
|Ministry||Ministry of Education|
What is a booking?
Bookings are the days and times each child is expected to attend the service, based on the information provided in the child’s Enrolment Agreement Form, signed and dated by the child’s parent/guardian. Bookings are also referred to as ‘enrolled to attend’ in the ECE Funding Handbook.
How do I enrol casual children?
All children who attend early learning services casually need to be enrolled at your service and must have an NSN assigned to them. The child’s attendance for the days they do attend will need to be recorded in your service’s SMS or ELI Web. Casual children do not need to have a booking for the days that they attend your service due to the casual nature of their attendance.
How should I record attendance and absence for ELI?
You should mark children’s daily attendance (or absence) by recording the actual time the child arrived at your service and the actual time the child left your service. Attendance should be recorded as close to the actual time as possible, to the nearest 15 minutes.
If a child has multiple sessions in a day but did not attend one of them, you should only record the times the child did attend, with no absence record.
It is recommended that early learning services update their attendance records at least weekly.
How do I enter attendance details for a child that attended my service on a day they were not booked to attend?
If an enrolled child attended your service on an additional day, or a substitute/make-up day, you should:
a) mark the child as absent on the day they did not attend (if relevant), and
b) add the attendance times to the day that the child did attend. You do not need to add a booking for these days.
What does it mean to ‘confirm’ my service’s data and why do I need to do it?
Confirming your ELI data means that you acknowledge that the information you have entered and sent to the Ministry is complete and accurate. Services must confirm data at least once a month; the previous month’s data is required to be confirmed by the end of the following month. Both ELI Web and SMSs include the data confirmation function.
Can I go back and change my data after I have confirmed it?
If you have made a mistake, you can make changes to your ELI data even if you have confirmed this data. Your changes will be visible to the Ministry the next day; you will not be required to reconfirm the updated data.
My service is changing SMS/ELI Web. What do I need to do?
Before you change the way your service submits ELI data, you need to:
My service is closing. What do I need to do?
If your service is closing, or has closed, you need to:
You may be contacted by the Ministry if these actions have not been taken as it is a requirement of the ELI Principles of Use to provide complete and accurate ELI data.
My service is changing ownership. What do I need to do?
If your service is changing/has changed ownership, you need to inform the Ministry as soon as possible. Your service will need to update all attendance and enrolment information before the change of ownership and you may need to end the enrolments at your service.
You might need to submit your RS7 Return in two parts. Refer to The Funding (The RS7 Return) Questions & Answers page for information on submitting a funding claim where a change of ownership has occurred within a funding period.
What happens if I don’t keep my service’s ELI data up to date?
Early learning services are required to keep up to date and accurate ELI data in their SMS or ELI Web. Early learning services that do not regularly update their ELI data will be in breach of the ELI Principles of Use.
What do I do if a child leaves my service?
If a child leaves your service you will need to ensure the child has an NSN and up-to-date attendance before ending the enrolment for the child on the day they left. There should be no attendance for dates after the enrolment end date.
What do I do if a child who has left my service re-enrols?
If a child has left your service and re-enrols, you will need to:
Create a new enrolment and enter the booking details of the child. The previous enrolment must be ended before the new enrolment is created.
How do I set up multiple billing accounts for a child?
You will need to contact your SMS provider for instructions on how to set up multiple billing accounts. There should be no need to set this child up again as you will not be able to reuse the same National Student Number for two child records within your service.