Funding changes

The following funding changes should be considered by early learning services for their upcoming payments

 

1 January 2022: Parity Funding Rates

The following tables set out the parity funding rates education and care services would be able to opt in to from 1 January 2022.

All-day education and care services and hospital-based services

$ per funded child hour (incl. GST)

Rates from 1 January 2022

 

Under two

Two and over

20 Hours ECE

100% certificated teachers

$14.13

$8.29

$13.52

80-99% certificated teachers

$13.54

$7.49

$12.77

50-79% certificated teachers

$12.25

$6.46

$11.63

25-49% certificated teachers

$9.88

$5.15

$10.22

0-24% certificated teachers

$8.46

$4.28

$9.31

Sessional education and care services and hospital-based services

$ per funded child hour (incl. GST)

Rates from 1 January 2022

  

 

Under two

Two and over

20 Hours ECE

100% certificated teachers

$12.95

$6.43

$7.79

80-99% certificated teachers

$12.04

$5.46

$7.02

50-79% certificated teachers

$10.94

$4.88

$6.38

25-49% certificated teachers

$8.91

$4.19

$5.64

0-24% certificated teachers

$7.77

$3.77

$5.22

These funding rates will be available to education and care and hospital-based services who pay all employed certificated teachers according to following salary scale:

Step

Qualification Group Notations

Salary from 1 January 2022

1

P1E, P2E, P3E

$51,358

2

 

$53,544

3

P3+E

$55,948

4

P4E

$58,133

5

P5E

$61,794

This scale reflects the first five steps of the Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers’ Collective Agreement (KTCA). Funding conditions related to the application of this salary scale can be found in Chapter 3-B-2(external link) of the ECE Funding Handbook.

Changes to the Attestation for Certificated Teacher Salaries

From October 2021, the RS7 return for education and care and hospital-based services will contain two questions in the Attestation for Certificated Teachers’ Salaries section.

The first attestation question asks:

Is your service paying all employed ECE and primary qualified certificated teachers at least the amount specified at Step 1, as defined in the ECE Funding Handbook?

Services who answer ‘Yes’ to this question, will have their funding rate reflect the proportion of certificated teachers used. Services who answer ‘No’ will have their funding paid at the 0 – 24% base funding rate.

The second attestation questions asks:

If you selected yes to the above, is your service paying all employed ECE and primary qualified certificated teachers according to the full salary scale defined in the ECE Funding Handbook?

Services who answer ‘Yes’ to this question, will have their funding paid using the parity funding rates. Services who answer ‘No’ will have their funding paid using base funding rates.

For information about completing the Attestation for Certificated Teachers’ Salaries section of the RS7 return please see Chapter 9-6(external link) of the ECE Funding Handbook.

Changes to funding rules to respond to RSV outbreak

In the Bulletin posted on 14 July 2021(external link), we advised that we have  number of supports in place to record absences related to the RSV infection.

To recognise the pressure on medical services during this RSV outbreak, we are making a temporary change to the Absence rule exemption process to no longer require documentation to be completed by a medical practitioner. Parents will be able to complete the EC13 Form [PDF, 43 KB].

We are also adding to the situations where Emergency Closure funding may be available.

These changes are temporary, for the June-September 2021 funding period.

Absence rule exemption

In an event that a child is absent for more than three weeks, a service can apply for an exemption from the three-week rule to continue to receive funding. Under normal circumstances, to access this exemption, an EC13 Form (Supporting Medical Certificate) must be completed by a medical practitioner.

However, for the period June-September 2021, if a child is not attending because they are:

  • unwell with a likely RSV infection;
  • vulnerable to respiratory illness; or
  • advised, by health authorities or medical practitioner, to stay home due to illness in their household;

An EC13 Form can be completed by the child’s parent or guardian, in the place of a medical practitioner.

The service must also complete an EC12 (Absence Rule Exemption Form) confirming the child’s enrolment details and keep both documents on file.

Where absence due to RSV continues for a period of 6 weeks or more, parents need to re-confirm the situation in writing. This can be done in the form of an email or text message; parents do not need to re-sign the EC13. The maximum period of time a child can be exempted from the absence rules is 12 weeks.

Emergency closure

If an ECE service or kōhanga reo is directed to close due to the RSV outbreak, the service continues to be entitled to funding for all children enrolled at the time of the closure for up to 3 days as per the Emergency Closure rule.

We are extending this funding temporarily to include some situations where RSV illness has created staffing issues which make it unsafe to open. As is usual practice, services must apply to their local Ministry office for approval to access Emergency Closure funding.

We encourage any services severely affected by RSV infections to contact their regional Ministry offices for support.

 

1 July 2021: Increase to existing rates, subject to attestation

From 1 July 2021, there will be an increase to existing subsidy rates by which the Ministry pays education and care services. This funding is for the purpose of improving the pay for certificated teachers working in education and care services.

The following tables set out the funding rates for education and care services from 1 July 2021. These are available alongside the increased minimum salary attestation requirement for certificated teachers of at least $51,358 per annum, up from $49,862 currently. The annual salaries correspond to a 40-hour week or 2,080 hours per year.

Where a teacher generally works more or less than 40 hours per week, the salary should be calculated to ensure the required hourly rate is mantained. The required hourly rate can be found by dividing the attestation salary level by 2080.

All-day teacher-led centre-based services

$ per funded child hour (incl. GST)
Rates from 1 July 2021
  Under two Two and over 20 Hours ECE
100% certificated teachers $13.62 $7.98 $13.03
80-99% certificated teachers $13.04 $7.21 $12.30
50-79% certificated teachers $11.81 $6.23 $11.21
25-49% certificated teachers $9.53 $4.96 $9.85
0-24% certificated teachers $8.15 $4.12 $8.97

Sessional teacher-led centre-based services

$ per funded child hour (incl. GST)

Rates from 1 July 2021  

  Under two Two and over 20 Hours ECE
100% certificated teachers $12.48 $6.20 $7.51
80-99% certificated teachers $11.60 $5.26 $6.77
50-79% certificated teachers $10.54 $4.70 $6.15
25-49% certificated teachers $8.59 $4.04 $5.43
0-24% certificated teachers $7.49 $3.64 $5.03

1 January 2022: Increase across the board of 1.2% to rates

From 1 January 2022, there will be an across-the-board 1.2% increase to funding rates for all early learning providers, except for home-based services on the standard rate. The increase in Targeted Funding for Disadvantage will take effect from 1st March 2022.

The following tables set out the funding rates for education and care services from 1 January 2022.

All-day teacher-led centre-based services

$ per funded child hour (incl. GST)

Rates from 1 January 2022

  Under two Two and over 20 Hours ECE
100% certificated teachers $13.78 $8.08 $13.19
80-99% certificated teachers $13.20 $7.30 $12.45
50-79% certificated teachers $11.95 $6.30 $11.34
25-49% certificated teachers $9.64 $5.02 $9.97
0-24% certificated teachers $8.25 $4.17 $9.08

Sessional teacher-led centre-based services

$ per funded child hour (incl. GST)

Rates from 1 January 2022

  
  Under two Two and over 20 Hours ECE
100% certificated teachers $12.63 $6.27 $7.60
80-99% certificated teachers $11.74 $5.32 $6.85
50-79% certificated teachers $10.67 $4.76 $6.22
25-49% certificated teachers $8.69 $4.09 $5.50
0-24% certificated teachers $7.58 $3.68 $5.09

More funding tables are detailed in Appendix 1 of the ECE Funding Handbook:

Appendix 1 – ECE Funding Handbook

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