ECE Funding Handbook

Welcome to the ECE Funding Handbook. This handbook is issued under section 548(5) of the Education and Training Act 2020.

Funding of certain services and certified playgroups – New Zealand Legislation(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' of everything you need to know about early childhood funding, including:

  • the ECE Funding Subsidy
  • 20 Hours ECE funding
  • equity funding
  • the annual top-up for isolated services.

This information does not apply to certificated playgroups

The information in the Funding Handbook does not apply to certificated playgroups.

These services should contact their Ministry regional office for more information.

Local Ministry offices

Download the ECE Funding Handbook

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

ECE Funding Handbook downloads

8-1 Changing bank account details

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  • Introduction
    • Changes to a service provider bank account must be made using an RS2 Change of Bank Account Form.

  • Completing the RS2 Form
    • Follow these steps to complete the RS2 Form:

      1 Enter the name and contact details of your ECE service.
      2 Tick one of the boxes with the reason for the bank account change. 
      3 Enter bank account details on the RS2 Form. 
      • Attach a pre-printed deposit slip from your bank showing the bank account number or
      • Get the bank associated with the service to write in the new bank account details and sign and stamp the RS2 Form or
      • Attach a bank printed notice on your bank’s letterhead that has been signed and stamped by your bank, and which shows your service’s bank account number and name. 
      • Have the RS2 Form certified by two signatories – one of whom must be the treasurer/secretary or licensee of your service.
      • If there is only one signatory, please indicate that on the form. 
      6 Return the RS2 Form to ECE Operational Funding. 
  • Service Providers
    • If your service has joined a larger group of services under a service provider, you may be contacted by the Ministry to confirm the exact service provider name (if this is not obvious from the new bank account).

  • Important Information
    • ECE Operational Funding must receive the completed RS2 Form at least two weeks before your next payment is due to be made.