The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Census week this year from 21 to 27 June 2021. All early learning services need to submit their ECE Census return to the Ministry by 14 July through their Student Management System (SMS) or ELI Web. This is a mandatory requirement of the Education and Training Act 2020.
The information collected for the ECE Census is crucial for monitoring and policy development for ECE in New Zealand. You can find the published results of the 2020 ECE census on Education Counts.
Some information collected in the ECE Census (such as child enrolment, staff qualifications and certification information) can be checked by services in their SMS prior to census week and updated if necessary. Other information is more specific to the ECE Census week.
For early learning services connected to ELI, child data (e.g. 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 Census 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 Census week.
Please ensure the all your staff details are up to date in your SMS.
During the ECE Census week you will be asked to report on your services:
Casual and hospital-based services and playgroups need to complete and submit their ECE Census digitally. A copy of the digital 2021 ECE Census excel form (RS61) is available for download from the Education Counts website. This link will be emailed prior to the census week to the email address we hold for all these services.
For common questions and answers about the ECE Census please see the Annual ECE Return of the Questions and Answers page accessible on the ELI homepage.
For further queries please contact the Ministry at email@example.com or call 04 439 5390.