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.
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.
9-6 Attestation of certificated teachers’ salaries
Base funding rates which reflect the proportion of certificated teacher hours used are available to services that agree to pay all employed certificated teachers at least the amount specified at Step 1 of the salary scale defined in Chapter 3-B-2.
For services that meet the above requirement, higher parity funding rates are also available to education and care services who agree to pay all employed certificated teachers according to full salary scale defined in Chapter 3-B-2.
Ensuring that certificated teachers are fairly recognised and rewarded for their qualifications and experience in alignment with certificated teachers in kindergarten. This will, among other things, assist with increasing the number of certificated teachers working in early childhood education.
Attestation on the RS7 Return
The Attestation of Teacher Salaries on the RS7 Return is used to determine what funding rate an education and care service is paid.
The first attestation question requires the signatory to attest if their service is paying all employed ECE and primary qualified certificated teachers at least the amount specified at Step 1 of the salary scale defined in Chapter 3-B-2.
The second attestation question should not be answered if the signatory has marked ‘NO’ to the first attestation question.
If the signatory has marked ‘YES’, the second attestation question requires the signatory to attest if their service is are paying all employed ECE and primary qualified certificated teachers according to the full salary scale defined in Chapter 3-B-2.
In answering these questions, services are not required to offer the terms of the Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers' Collective Agreement.
Delegated Representatives and the Attestation on the RS7 Return
It is the responsibility of a Service Provider to ensure that any delegated representative, who may complete an RS7 return on their behalf, understand what attestation condition their service has met prior to submitting their service’s RS7 return.
Funding Rate Outcome from Attestation Response
The following diagram represents what funding rates will be paid given the combination of answers to the attestation questions.
An example of the required attestation is shown below: