dollar signThis subsidy is paid to ECE services for each child up to 30 hours, with the following exception:  Services with children on the higher 20 Hours ECE subsidy who are enrolled for more than 20 hours a week at any service can only claim up to 10 hours of this subsidy.

Services continue to receive funding for a child who is absent up to a maximum of 3 weeks.

Services that receive this subsidy for a child can also charge parents/families a fee. 

 

The funding rates are as shown below.  All rates are from 1 July 2014 except for the Kindergarten rates which are from 1 May 2017

Category of early childhood service

Funding
criteria

Amount paid to services
per hour for each child under 2 years

Amount paid to services
per hour for each child 2 - 6 years old

Free Kindergarten licensed as an all-day service

80%+
certificated
teachers

$12.83

$7.15

 

50% - 79% certificated
teachers

$11.60

$6.15

Free Kindergarten with a sessional license

  100%
  certificated
  teachers

$13.59

$6.82

Childcare Centre/Early Learning Centre licensed as an all-day service

80%+
certificated
teachers

$12.12

$6.70

 

50% - 79% certificated
teachers

$10.97

$5.78

Childcare Centre/Early Learning Centre licensed as part-day or sessional service

80%+
certificated
teachers

$10.77

$4.88

 

50% - 79% certificated
teachers

$9.79

$4.37

Home-based ECE service agency

Higher rate

$8.31 

$4.45  

 

Standard rate

$7.28

$3.94

Te Kōhanga Reo

Higher rate

$8.84

$4.44

 

Standard rate

$7.74

$3.90

Playcentres operated under the NZ Playcentre Federation 

Higher rate

$8.84

$4.44

Standard rate

$7.74

$3.90

Playgroups

 

Single rate

$1.51

$1.51

         

 

20 Hours ECE funding rates for different services

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Fees and childcare costs read more by clicking here