Changing 20 Hours to another ECE Service Temporarily

Share Me

If wanting to use another centre or home-based service here’s what you need to know about changing 20 Hours so you can get this at a second service.

1. Is your child’s ECE service closed for a holiday or term break when you are needing childcare?

It is no problem to temporarily receive 20 hours of childcare at a second service as long as your usual service is not claiming the 20 hours funding which it legally must not do when its closed.

Just ask to record on the enrolment form of the service you wish to transfer the hours to, how many hours and days your child will be at the ECE service and the hours that your child will be attending that will be covered by 20 Hours ECE funding (i.e., that you are not to be charged for).

2. Are you moving to a new city for a while but expect to return home sometime?  

Let your current service know so that it stops claiming funding for your child during the time you are away.  

Record on the enrolment form of the new service, the hours and days that your child will be attending that will be covered by 20 Hours ECE funding. 

Before you move back home give your service warning and check that a place is available.  Many services have vacancies and children leaving and coming so it should not be a problem. But have a backup plan just in case your service has a full roll and cannot accept your child immediately.

20 Hours Free ECE

Learn more about 20 Hours ECE and Childcare Fees

20-Hours ECE and Optional Charges – the Basic Rules Explained

20-Hours ECE Can Still Cost a Lot and Be Expensive for Parents

Can a Service Charge Fees When It’s Closed for a Public Holiday and Other Holidays?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Kohanga Reo for children, family and whanau
Options Available to Parents for Childcare

Te Kōhanga Reo

There are over 460 Kōhanga Reo throughout Aotearoa so chances are you will find one in your area. You will find the welcome mat is

Read More »
caring for child, crying, leaving child, self-soothing
Learning and Social-Emotional Issues

Leaving Children to Cry

Self-soothing when a person chooses to be alone and do this is one thing – but leaving children to cry when care should be provided

Read More »
myECE white logo blue back

Join the Parents Council

Are you are parent, grandparent, or caregiver of a child under 6 years?    

Join the ECE Parents Council.   You will receive:

  • A monthly newsletter (free)
  • Survey invitations and notifications of important changes in ECE

We promise not to spam you with rubbish, just useful information.