dollar sign
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

There is more you need to know

Find the childcare that is right for you

Find the childcare that is right for you

See the directory of NZ services. Add your rating and reviews. Read More
Who would have thought under-5s could do this?

Who would have thought under-5s could do this?

It's awesome the expertise children can develop when taught appropriately Read More
Official early childhood education parent website

Official early childhood education parent website

Contact us to request your service be added or to ask for help to lay a confidential complaint Read More
  • 1