The fund is available to community groups, individuals, private owners and commercial enterprises and usually the Ministry of Education does not ask for the money to be paid back when the service closes or if it does not fill the new places for children it is funded to create.

In 2012 $23.6 million was awarded to 21 ECE operators to pay their costs of expansion to provide for more children (a total of 1,039 places).

In 2013 the Ministry of Education gave $9.3 million of taxpayer’s money toearly childhood providers to open new services or expand their business to increase by 700 the number of places available for children. 

Parents can ask and should be given written details of any TAP funding their service has received and how it has been spent.

Fees and childcare costs

 Financial assistance for parents and subsidies