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.
ECE Funding Handbook downloads
9-6 Attestation of certificated teachers’ salaries
Higher funding rates are available to education and care services who pay all employed certificated teachers at least the minimum salaries described in Chapter 3-B-2.
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.
Parity funding rates are available to education and care services who agree to pay all employed certificated teachers according to Step 1 to 6 of the salary scale.
Extended parity funding rates are available to education and care services who agree to pay all employed certificated teachers according to Step 1 to 11 + Management of the salary scale.
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 Certificated Teachers’ Salaries is used to determine the funding rate an education and care or hospital-based service is paid.
In this section respondents will be answering the following question:
What steps on the salary scale described in the ECE Funding Handbook is your service using to pay minimum salaries to all employed ECE and primary qualified certificated teachers?
To answer this question respondents will choose one of four options:
- No Step
- Step 1
- Step 1 to 6
- Step 1 to 11 + Management
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.
When completing the Attestation of Certificated Teachers’ Salaries section of the RS7 return, a service is confirming what funding conditions they have met for the RS7 return period.
Funding Period Attestation Period March October - January July February - May November June - September
A service’s funding rate will be adjusted if they are found to have not met the necessary funding conditions for the entire funding period. Any funding recoveries resulting from this change in funding rates will be made during the next funding payment.
Note: For the March 2023 funding round the attestation period for funding conditions related to salary steps 6 to 11 start from 1 January 2023
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: