From 1 January 2019 the funding rates for all early childhood services were increased. The last funding increase before 2019 was on 1 July 2014 for all services except for kindergartens. The last funding increase for kindergartens before 2019 was on 1 May 2017. 

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. 

Category of early childhood service

Funding criteria

The amount of public money paid to the service per hour for each child

Free Kindergarten licensed as a part-day service 100% certificated
 teachers
$8.29

Free Kindergarten licensed as an all-day care service (children attend for 4 hours or more)

80% - 100% certificated
teachers

$12.29

 

50% - 79% certificated
teachers

$11.19

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

80% - 100% certificated
teachers

$11.61

 

50% - 79% certificated
teachers

$10.58

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

80% - 100% certificated
teachers

$6.39

 

50% - 79% certificated
teachers

$5.81

Home-based ECE service agency

Higher rate

$9.27 

 

Standard rate

$8.76

Te Kōhanga Reo

Higher rate

$8.43

 

Standard rate

$7.95

Playcentres operated under the NZ Playcentre Federation

Higher rate

$5.61

 

Standard rate

$5.04

       

 

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