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. 

 

Teacher-led licensed all-day centres

This includes all education and care centres (including kindergartens and preschools) and services on a notional roll, such as hospital-based.  

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCL. GST)

Non-kindergarten assn centres (Rate 1 option)

FROM 1 JULY 2021 1

Non-kindergarten assn centres (Rate 1 option)

FROM 1 JAN 2022 1

Kindergarten Associations only

FROM 1 JULY 2021 

Non-kindergarten assn centres (Rate 2 option)

FROM 1 JANUARY 20222

Kindergarten Associations only

FROM 1 JANUARY 2022

100% teachers

$13.03

$13.19

$14.87

$13.52

$15.05

80-99% teachers

$12.30

$12.45

$14.14

$12.77

$14.31

50-79% teachers

$11.21

$11.34

$12.86

$11.63

$13.01

25-49% teachers

$9.85

$9.97

$11.24

$10.22

$11.37

0-24% teachers

$8.97

$9.08

$10.23

$9.31

$10.35

RATE 1 OPTION - services are required to pay all qualified teachers with a practising certificate at least $24.69 hour. Should a service not do this it drops to a lower funding band regardless of what percentage of qualified teachers it has. 

2  RATE 2 OPTION - from 1 January 2022 to be eligible for this funding rate a centre must pay all its qualified teachers with a practising certificate at least $24.69 hour (Step 1 – 1st year teacher) progressing to $31.62 hour (which is pay Step 6 - for a 6th year teacher who does not have higher qualifications. Teachers with a Masters degree need only 1 year experience to reach the top pay step).  

 

 

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.  

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCLUDING GST)

FROM 1 JANUARY 2021

FROM 1 JANUARY 2022

Quality

$10.11

$10.23

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 (INCLUDING GST)

FROM 1 JANUARY 2021

FROM 1 JANUARY 2022

Quality

$12.67

$12.82

Standard

$12.18

$12.33

 

Playcentre funding

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 (INCLUDING GST)

FROM 1 JANUARY 2021

FROM 1 JANUARY 2022

20 HOURS ECE

20 HOURS ECE

Quality

$6.14

$6.21

Standard

$5.52

$5.59