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All services may choose to receive a rate of funding that is higher than the standard 30-Hour funding rate - this is known as 20-Hours ECE and is paid to services that claim it 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. 

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

Category of early childhood service

Funding criteria

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

Free Kindergarten licensed as a part-day service 100% certificated
 teachers
$8.16

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

80% - 100% certificated
teachers

$12.10

 

50% - 79% certificated
teachers

$11.01

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

80% - 100% certificated
teachers

$11.43

 

50% - 79% certificated
teachers

$10.41

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

80% - 100% certificated
teachers

$6.29

 

50% - 79% certificated
teachers

$5.72

Home-based ECE service agency

Higher rate

$9.27 

 

Standard rate

$8.76

Te Kōhanga Reo

Higher rate

$8.30

 

Standard rate

$7.82

Playcentres operated under the NZ Playcentre Federation

Higher rate

$5.52 

 

Standard rate

$4.96

       

 

Fees and childcare costs - see more information 

 Financial assistance for parents and subsidies - click here to read more