Preparing to lead into the Christmas Break

Christmas is fast approaching, which means you need to ensure your ELI data is up-to-date before you close for the holiday period. This will ensure that when you come back in the New Year, you can remain up-to-date with your information requirements for ELI and proceed with a smooth funding claim process from 3 February 2020.

What should you do before the Christmas break?

Update your enrolment and attendance data

You should ensure that all enrolment and attendance records are up-to-date and all data is confirmed before the break. This includes making sure that you end enrolments for all children you know will not be returning to your service in 2020.

Notify the Ministry of any change in ownership, or SMS, or permanent service closure

Please let us know of any change in ownership, or student management system (SMS), or permanent service closure that may occur during or near the holiday period by calling 0800 ECE ECE (0800 323 323) or emailing

For more information about managing a change of ownership, or SMS, or permanent service closure see the ELI news article below.

ELI - managing a change of ownership or SMS, or service closure

Check your ELI access

Check that you can access your SMS or ELI Web and/or ELI Reports and log-in to allocate national student numbers. If you have trouble logging in after the break please call us on 0800 ECE ECE (0800 323 323).

If you use APT or ELI Web, you must ensure that at least one staff member has a valid user account with the RS7 Return Submitter role in order to submit a funding claim from 3 February 2020. If you need to request this access, you can download the Education Sector Account Forms from the Resources page.

Need help?

For questions and help with ELI, visit the ELI Homepage or contact the Ministry on 0800 ECE ECE (0800 323 323) or

The Ministry will be closed from 24 December 2019 until 6 January 2020. Any queries received during this time will be responded to when the office re-opens in 2020.