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. 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.

Downloading the ECE Funding Handbook

If you want a printed copy of this handbook, refer to the list of downloads in the contents section where you will find downloadable PDF versions of each chapter.

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Appendix 1

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

  • All day teacher-led centre-based services
    • The next table shows the rates for all day teacher-led centre-based services from 1 January 2019.

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)Rates from 1 January 2019Rates from 1 January 2020Rates from 1 July 2020Rates from 1 January 2021
      Under 22 and over20 Hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 Hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 Hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 Hours ECE
      100% certificated teachers N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A $13.34 $7.83 $12.77
      80%+ certificated teachers $12.31 $6.81 $11.61 $12.53 $6.93 $11.82 $12.82 $7.09 $12.09 $13.02 $7.20 $12.28
      50-79% certificated teachers $11.15 $5.87 $10.58 $11.35 $5.98 $10.77 $11.61 $6.12 $11.02 $11.79 $6.22 $11.19
      25-49% certificated teachers $9.00 $4.68 $9.30 $9.16 $4.76 $9.47 $9.37 $4.87 $9.69 $9.52 $4.95 $9.84
      0-24% certificated teachers $7.69 $3.89 $8.47 $7.83 $3.96 $8.62 $8.01 $4.05 $8.82 $8.14 $4.11 $8.96
  • Sessional teacher-led centre based services
    • The next table shows the rates for sessional teacher-led centre-based services from 1 January 2019.

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)Rates from 1 January 2019Rates from 1 January 2020Rates from 1 July 2020Rates from 1 January 2021
      Under 22 and over20 Hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 Hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 Hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 Hours ECE
      100% certificated teachers N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A $12.46 $6.19 $7.50
      80%+ certificated teachers $10.94 $4.96 $6.39 $11.14 $5.05 $6.51 $11.40 $5.17 $6.66 $11.58 $5.25 $6.76
      50-79% certificated teachers $9.95 $4.44 $5.81 $10.13 $4.52 $5.91 $10.36 $4.62 $6.05 $10.52 $4.69 $6.14
      25-49% certificated teachers $8.11 $3.81 $5.13 $8.26 $3.88 $5.22 $8.45 $3.97 $5.34 $8.58 $4.03 $5.42
      0-24% certificated teachers $7.06 $3.43 $4.74 $7.19 $3.49 $4.83 $7.36 $3.57 $4.94 $7.48 $3.63 $5.02
  • All day and sessional Kindergartens
    • The next table shows the rates for all day and sessional kindergartens from 1 January 2019.

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)

      Rates from 1 January 2019

      Rates from 1 July 2019

      Rates from 1 January 2020

      Under 22 and over20 hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 hours ECE
      100% certificated teachers N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
      80%+ certificated teachers $13.04 $7.26 $12.29 $13.48 $7.51 $12.71 $13.71 $7.64 $12.93
      50-79% certificated teachers $11.79 $6.25 $11.19 $12.19 $6.46 $11.57 $12.40 $6.57 $11.77
      25-49% certificated teachers $9.47 $4.96 $9.78 $9.79 $5.13 $10.11 $9.96 $5.22 $10.29
      0-24% certificated teachers $8.06 $4.09 $8.89 $8.33 $4.23 $9.19 $8.48 $4.30 $9.35
                         
      Sessional – 100% certificated teachers $13.81 $6.93 $8.29 $14.28 $7.17 $8.57 $14.53 $7.29 $8.72
      $ per funded child hour (including GST)Rates from 1 July 2020Rates from 1 January 2021Rates from 1 July 2021
      Under 22 and over20 hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 hours ECE
      100% certificated teachers N/A N/A N/A $15.19 $8.91 $14.51 $15.57 $9.12 $14.87
      80%+ certificated teachers $14.38 $8.01 $13.56 $14.61 $8.14 $13.78 $14.99 $8.35 $14.14
      50-79% certificated teachers $13.00 $6.89 $12.34 $13.21 $7.00 $12.54 $13.55 $7.18 $12.86
      25-49% certificated teachers $10.45 $5.47 $10.79 $10.62 $5.56 $10.96 $10.89 $5.70 $11.24
      0-24% certificated teachers $8.89 $4.51 $9.81 $9.03 $4.58 $9.97 $9.26 $4.70 $10.23
                         
      Sessional – 100% certificated teachers $15.24 $7.65 $9.14 $15.48 $7.77 $9.29 $15.88 $7.97 $9.53
  • Teacher-led home-based ECE services
    • The next table shows the rates for all day teacher-led home-based ECE services from 1 January 2019.

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)Rates from 1 January 2019Rates from 1 January 2020Rates from 1 January 2021
      Under 22 and over20 hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 hours ECE
      Quality $8.44 $4.52 $9.42 $8.59 $4.60 $9.59 $9.05 $4.85 $10.11
      Standard $7.28 $3.94 $8.76 $7.28 $3.94 $8.76 $7.28 $3.94 $8.76
  • Te kōhanga reo
    • The next table shows the rates for Kōhanga reo (except those recognised as teacher-led for funding purposes) from 1 July 2019.

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)

      Rates from 1 July 2019

      Rates from 1 January 2020

      Under 22 and over20 hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 hours ECE
      Quality $11.29 $6.82 $10.74 $11.45 $6.90 $10.89
      Standard $10.17 $6.27 $10.26 $10.31 $6.34 $10.40

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)

      Rates from 1 July 2020

      Rates from 1 January 2021

      Under 22 and over20 hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 hours ECE
      Quality $13.06 $8.51 $12.50 $13.24 $8.62 $12.67
      Standard $11.92 $7.95 $12.01 $12.08 $8.05 $12.18
  • Playcentre
    • The next table shows the rates for playcentres from 1 January 2019.

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)

      Rates from 1 January 2019

      Rates from 1 January 2020

      Under 22 and over20 hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 hours ECE
      Quality $8.98 $4.51 $5.61 $9.14 $4.59 $5.71
      Standard $7.86 $3.96 $5.04 $8.00 $4.03 $5.13
      $ per funded child hour (including GST)Rates from 1 July 2020Rates from 1 January 2021
      Under 22 and over20 hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 hours ECE
      Quality $9.69 $4.87 $6.05 $9.84 $4.94 $6.14
      Standard $8.48 $4.27 $5.44 $8.61 $4.33 $5.52
  • Certificated playgroups and licence-exempt services
    • The next table shows the rates for certificated playgroups and licence-exempt services from 1 July 2014.

      $ per funded child hour (including GST)Rates from 1 July 2014Rates from 1 July 2020
       Under 22 and over20 Hours ECEUnder 22 and over20 Hours ECE
      Playgroups $1.51 $1.51 N/A $1.83 $1.83 N/A
  • Equity Funding rates
    • The next table shows the rates for Equity Funding for eligible services from 1 July 2019.

      Equity Funding Rates (including GST)Rates from 1 July 2019Rates from 1 January 2020Rates from 1 January 2021
      Equity Funding Component A: Low Socio Economic (per funded child hour)
      EQI 1 $1.01 $1.03 $1.05
      EQI 2 $0.79 $0.80 $0.81
      EQI 3 $0.44 $0.45 $0.46
      EQI 4 $0.22 $0.22 $0.22
      Equity Funding Component B: Special Needs Funding (per funded child hour)
      EQI 1 $0.47 $0.48 $0.49
      EQI 2 $0.30 $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 $410.81 $418.20 $424.89
      Equity Funding Component D: Isolation (monthly)
      1.65 to 1.83 $99.95 $101.75 $103.38
      1.84 to 2.53 $150.52 $153.23 $155.68
      2.54 and greater $290.45 $295.68 $300.41
  • Targeted Funding
    • The next table shows the rates for Targeted Funding for Disadvantage for eligible services from 1 January 2018.

      $ per targeted hour (including GST)Rate from 1 January 2018Rate from 1 January 2020Rate from 1 January 2021
      Eligible services $0.34 $0.35 $0.36