ECE Funding Handbook

Welcome to the Early Childhood Funding Handbook. This Funding Handbook is issued under section 548(5) of the Education and Training Act 2020(external link). The funding paid to licensed services is paid subject to the terms and conditions set out under this Handbook and must be complied with. The terms used in this Handbook are based in the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008.

This Handbook is designed to be a ‘one-stop-shop’ for all you need to know about early childhood funding, including:

  • the Early Childhood Education (ECE) Funding Subsidy
  • 20 Hours Early Childhood Education (ECE)
  • Equity Funding
  • the Annual Top-Up for Isolated Services

Note: The information in the Funding Handbook does not apply to certificated playgroups. These services should contact their Ministry regional office for further information.

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Appendix 1

  • In this appendix
    • This appendix contains the Funding Rate Tables for different service types.

  • All-Day Education and Care services – Base Funding Rates
    • Table 1: Base funding rates for all-day education and care services and hospital-based services from 1 January 2020

       

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)

      Rates from 1 January 2020

      Rates from 1 July 2020

      Under

      2

      2 and over

      20 Hours ECE

      Under 2

      2 and over

      20 Hours ECE

      80%+

      certificated teachers

      $12.53

      $6.93

      $11.82

      $12.82

      $7.09

      $12.09

      50-79%

      certificated teachers

      $11.35

      $5.98

      $10.77

      $11.61

      $6.12

      $11.02

      25-49%

      certificated teachers

      $9.16

      $4.76

      $9.47

      $9.37

      $4.87

      $9.69

      0-24%

      certificated teachers

      $7.83

      $3.96

      $8.62

      $8.01

      $4.05

      $8.82

       

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)

      Rates from 1 January 2021

      Rates from 1 July 2021

      Rate from 1 January 2022

      Under 2

      2 and over

      20 Hours ECE

      Under

      2

      2 and over

      20 Hours ECE

      Under 2

      2 and over

      20 Hours ECE

      100%

      certificated teachers

      $13.60

      $7.97

      $13.01

      $13.62

      $7.98

      $13.03

      $13.78

      $8.08

      $13.19

      80-99%

      certificated teachers

      $13.02

      $7.20

      $12.28

      $13.04

      $7.21

      $12.30

      $13.20

      $7.30

      $12.45

      50-79%

      certificated teachers

      $11.79

      $6.22

      $11.19

      $11.81

      $6.23

      $11.21

      $11.95

      $6.30

      $11.34

      25-49%

      certificated teachers

      $9.52

      $4.95

      $9.84

      $9.53

      $4.96

      $9.85

      $9.64

      $5.02

      $9.97

      0-24%

      certificated teachers

      $8.14

      $4.11

      $8.96

      $8.15

      $4.12

      $8.97

      $8.25

      $4.17

      $9.08

  • All-Day Education and Care Services – Parity Funding Rates
    • Table 2: Parity funding rates for all-day education and care services and hospital-based services from 1 January 2022.

       

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)

      Rates from 1 January 2022

      Under 2

      2 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 – Base Funding Rates
    • Table 3: Base funding rates for sessional education and care services and hospital-based services from 1 January 2020.

       

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)

      Rates from 1 January 2020

      Rates from 1 July 2020

      Under

      2

      2 and over

      20 Hours ECE

      Under 2

      2 and over

      20 Hours ECE

      80%+

      certificated teachers

      $11.14

      $5.05

      $6.51

      $11.40

      $5.17

      $6.66

      50-79%

      certificated teachers

      $10.13

      $4.52

      $5.91

      $10.36

      $4.62

      $6.05

      25-49%

      certificated teachers

      $8.26

      $3.88

      $5.22

      $8.45

      $3.97

      $5.34

      0-24%

      certificated teachers

      $7.19

      $3.49

      $4.83

      $7.36

      $3.57

      $4.94

       

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)

      Rates from 1 January 2021

      Rates from 1 July 2021

      Rates from 1 January 2022

      Under

      2

      2 and over

      20 Hours ECE

      Under

      2

      2 and over

      20 Hours ECE

      Under 2

      2 and over

      20 Hours ECE

      100%

      certificated teachers

      $12.46

      $6.19

      $7.50

      $12.48

      $6.20

      $7.51

      $12.63

      $6.27

      $7.60

      80-99%

      certificated teachers

      $11.58

      $5.25

      $6.76

      $11.60

      $5.26

      $6.77

      $11.74

      $5.32

      $6.85

      50-79%

      certificated teachers

      $10.52

      $4.69

      $6.14

      $10.54

      $4.70

      $6.15

      $10.67

      $4.76

      $6.22

      25-49%

      certificated teachers

      $8.58

      $4.03

      $5.42

      $8.59

      $4.04

      $5.43

      $8.69

      $4.09

      $5.50

      0-24%

      certificated teachers

      $7.48

      $3.63

      $5.02

      $7.49

      $3.64

      $5.03

      $7.58

      $3.68

      $5.09

  • Sessional Education and Care Services – Parity Funding Rates
    • Table 4: Parity funding rates for sessional education and care services and hospital-based services from 1 January 2022.

       

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)

       

      Rates from 1 January 2022

      Under 2

      2 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

  • All-day and Sessional Kindergarten
    • Table 5: Funding rates for all day and sessional Kindergartens from 1 January 2020.

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)

      Rates from 1 January 2020

      Rates from 1 July 2020

      Under

      2

      2 and over

      20 hours ECE

      Under 2

      2 and over

      20 hours ECE

      80%+ certificated teachers

      $13.71

      $7.64

      $12.93

      $14.38

      $8.01

      $13.56

      50-79% certificated teachers

      $12.40

      $6.57

      $11.77

      $13.00

      $6.89

      $12.34

      25-49% certificated teachers

      $9.96

      $5.22

      $10.29

      $10.45

      $5.47

      $10.79

      0-24% certificated teachers

      $8.48

      $4.30

      $9.35

      $8.89

      $4.51

      $9.81

       

      Sessional – 100% certificated teachers

      $14.53

      $7.29

      $8.72

      $15.24

      $7.65

      $9.14

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)

      Rates from 1 January 2021

      Rates from 1 July 2021

      Rates from 1 January 2022

      Under 2

      2 and over

      20 hours ECE

      Under

      2

      2 and over

      20 hours ECE

      Under 2

      2 and over

      20 hours ECE

      100%

      certificated teachers

      $15.19

      $8.91

      $14.51

      $15.57

      $9.12

      $14.87

      $15.76

      $9.23

      $15.05

      80-99%

      certificated teachers

      $14.61

      $8.14

      $13.78

      $14.99

      $8.35

      $14.14

      $15.17

      $8.45

      $14.31

      50-79% certificated teachers

      $13.21

      $7.00

      $12.54

      $13.55

      $7.18

      $12.86

      $13.71

      $7.27

      $13.01

      25-49% certificated teachers

      $10.62

      $5.56

      $10.96

      $10.89

      $5.70

      $11.24

      $11.02

      $5.77

      $11.37

      0-24% certificated teachers

      $9.03

      $4.58

      $9.97

      $9.26

      $4.70

      $10.23

      $9.37

      $4.76

      $10.35

       

      Sessional – 100% certificated teachers

      $15.48

      $7.77

      $9.29

      $15.88

      $7.97

      $9.53

      $16.07

      $8.07

      $9.64

       

  • Teacher-led home-based ECE services
    • Table 6: Rates for all day teacher-led home-based ECE services from 1 January 2020.

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)

      Rates from 1 January 2020

      Rates from 1 January 2021

      Rates from 1 January 2022

      Under 2

      2 and over

      20 hours ECE

      Under 2

      2 and over

      20 hours ECE

      Under 2

      2 and over

      20 Hours ECE

      Quality

      $8.59

      $4.60

      $9.59

      $9.05

      $4.85

      $10.11

      $9.16

      $4.91

      $10.23

      Standard

      $7.28

      $3.94

      $8.76

      $7.28

      $3.94

      $8.76

      $7.28

      $3.94

      $8.76

  • Te kōhanga reo
    • Table 7: Rates for Kōhanga reo (except those recognised as teacher-led for funding purposes) from 1 January 2020

      $ per funded child hour (including GST) Rates from 1 January 2020 Rates from 1 July 2020
      Under 2 2 and over 20 hours ECE Under 2 2 and over 20 hours ECE
      Quality $11.45 $6.90 $10.89 $13.06 $8.51 $12.50
      Standard $10.31 $6.34 $10.40 $11.92 $7.95 $12.01
      $ per funded child hour (including GST) Rates from 1 January 2021 Rates from 1 January 2022
      Under 2 2 and over 20 hours ECE Under 2 2 and over 20 hours ECE
      Quality $13.24 $8.62 $12.67 $13.40 $8.72 $12.82
      Standard $12.08 $8.05 $12.18 $12.22 $8.15 $12.33
  • Playcentre
    • Table 8: Rates for playcentres from 1 January 2020

      $ per funded child hour (including GST) Rates from 1 January 2020 Rates from 1 July 2020
      Under 2 2 and over 20 hours ECE Under 2 2 and over 20 hours ECE
      Quality $9.14 $4.59 $5.71 $9.69 $4.87 $6.05
      Standard $8.00 $4.03 $5.13 $8.48 $4.27 $5.44
      $ per funded child hour (including GST) Rates from 1 January 2021 Rates from 1 January 2022
      Under 2 2 and over 20 hours ECE Under 2 2 and over 20 hours ECE
      Quality $9.84 $4.94 $6.14 $9.96 $5.00 $6.21
      Standard $8.61 $4.33 $5.52 $8.71 $4.38 $5.59
  • Equity Funding
    • Table 10: Equity Funding rates for eligible services from 1 January 2020

      Equity Funding Rates (including GST)

      Rates from 1 January 2020

      Rates from 1 January 2021

      Rates from 1 January 2022

      Equity Funding Component A: Low Socio Economic (per funded child hour)

      EQI 1

      $1.03

      $1.05

      $1.06

      EQI 2

      $0.80

      $0.81

      $0.82

      EQI 3

      $0.45

      $0.46

      $0.47

      EQI 4

      $0.22

      $0.22

      $0.22

      Equity Funding Component B: Special Needs Funding (per funded child hour)

      EQI 1

      $0.48

      $0.49

      $0.50

      EQI 2

      $0.31

      $0.31

      $0.31

      EQI 3

      $0.21

      $0.21

      $0.21

      EQI 4

      $0.19

      $0.19

      $0.19

      Equity Funding Component C: Language (monthly)

      Language

      $418.20

      $424.89

      $429.99

      Equity Funding Component D: Isolation (monthly)

      1.65 to 1.83

      $101.75

      $103.38

      $104.62

      1.84 to 2.53

      $153.23

      $155.68

      $157.55

      2.54 and greater

      $295.68

      $300.41

      $304.01

  • Targeted Funding
    •  Table 11: Targeted funding for disadvantage rate for eligible services from 1 March 2020

      $ per targeted hour (including GST) Rate from 1 March 2020 Rate from 1 March 2021 Rate from 1 March 2022
      Eligible services $0.35 $0.36 $0.37