dollar signThere are standard 30-Hour funding rates. But, services with children 3 years of age and up until their 6th birthday or when they start school (whichever is first) can claim a higher funding rate for the first 20 of the 30 hours. 

20 Hours ECE funding is paid directly to services (not to parents) for the first 20 hours a week (up to 6 hours a day) that a child 3 years and older attends. 

In return for receiving this higher funding rate the ECE service must agree not to charge a fee for these hours. Services may however set an 'optional charge' to help cover the cost of items up and above what ordinarily an ECE service must provide to meet regulations. However, it can only be an optional charge and not a fee, and if a parent has not agreed to pay the charge then the parent cannot be forced to pay it.  

The 20-Hour funding rates for different services are shown below.  If you have any questions about 20-Hour funding, how it works, or what your entitlements might be, see other articles on this My ECE website or add your question in the comments section below. 

Kindergarten funding rates (for kindergartens licensed as all-day services - there are no longer any kindergartens that hold a sessional licence - and are owned by a kindergarten association that the Ministry of Education has a special relationship with)

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCL. GST)

RATES FROM 1/7/2019                      

RATES FROM 1/1/2020

20 HOURS ECE

20 HOURS ECE

80%+ certificated teachers

$12.71

$12.93

50-79% certificated teachers

$11.57

$11.77

25-49% certificated teachers

$10.11

$10.29

0-24% certificated teachers

$9.19

$9.35

 

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCLUDING GST)

RATES FROM 1/7/2020

RATES FROM 1//7/2021

20 HOURS ECE

20 HOURS ECE

80%+ certificated teachers

$13.56

$13.92

50-79% certificated teachers

$12.34

$12.66

25-49% certificated teachers

$10.79

$11.07

0-24% certificated teachers

$9.81

$10.07

 

All other teacher-led centres (kindergartens, preschools, montessori centres, language nests licensed as all-day education and care centres)

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCL. GST)

RATES FROM 1/1/2019

RATES FROM 1/1/2020

20 HOURS ECE

20 HOURS ECE

80%+ certificated teachers

$11.61

$11.82

50-79% certificated teachers

$10.58

$10.77

25-49% certificated teachers

$9.30

$9.47

0-24% certificated teachers

$8.47

$8.62

 

Homebased Teacher-Led ECE Service funding rates

Home-based services are required to employ a person responsible/ co-ordinator for every 50 children who is qualified and holds a current practising certificate.  A service licenced for 51 children must have 2 qualified and certificated teachers.  

TEACHER-LED HOMEBASED SERVICES 
$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCL. GST)

RATES FROM 1/1/2019

RATES FROM 1/1/2020

20 HOURS ECE

20 HOURS ECE

Quality

$9.42

$9.59

Standard

$8.76

$8.76

 

Te Kōhanga Reo funding rates

To support teachers, the Trust advocates for Te Tohu Tino Rangatiratanga Whakapakari o Te Kōhanga Reo - a Level 7 qualification delivered in te reo - to be recognised as a qualification accepted by the Teaching Council for graduates to register and gain a practising certificate. The majority of staff in Kōhanga Reo are currently undertaking a Kōhanga Reo course or hold some type of Kōhanga Reo approved course qualification.

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCL.  GST)

RATES FROM 1/7/2019

RATES FROM 1/1/2020

20 HOURS ECE

20 HOURS ECE

Quality

$10.74

$10.89

Standard

$10.26

$10.40

 

Playcentre funding rates

All Playcentres are required to have a person responsible and that person may hold a Level 4 early childhood qualification on the NZQA framework or a teaching diploma or degree and a practising certificate

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INC.  GST)

RATES FROM 1/1/2019

RATES FROM 1/1/2020

20 HOURS ECE

20 HOURS ECE

Quality

$5.61

$5.71

Standard

$5.04

$5.13

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