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 – NZ 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 further information.

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All-Day Education and Care services and Hospital-based services – Base Funding Rates

… certificated teachers
$12.28
$6.47
$11.65
$13.19
$6.92
$12.10

25-49% certificated teachers
$9.91
$5.16
$10.24
$10.82
$5.61
$10.69

0-24% certificated teachers
$8.48
$4.28
$9.33
$9.39 
$4.73
$9.78

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 January 2024
Rates from 1 March 2024

Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE
Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE

100% certificated teachers
$15.48
$8.99
$14.39
$15.48
$8.99
$15.03

80-99% certificated teachers
$14.87
$8.17
$13.61
$14.87
$8.17
$14.22

50-79%…

All-Day Education and Care Services and Hospital-based services – Parity Funding Rates

… certificated teachers
$12.71
$6.70
$12.06
$13.62
$7.16
$12.52

25-49% certificated teachers
$10.25
$5.34
$10.60
$11.16
$5.80
$11.06

0-24% certificated teachers
$8.77
$4.44
$9.66
$9.68
$4.90
$10.12

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 January 2024
Rates from 1 March 2024

Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE
Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE

100% certificated teachers
$16.00
$9.31
$14.89
$16.00
$9.31
$15.55

80-99% certificated teachers
$15.36
$8.46
$14.09
$15.36
$8.46
$14.72

50-79%…

All-Day Education and Care services and Hospital-based services – Extended Parity Funding Rates

… certificated teachers
$13.77
$7.26
$13.07
$14.68
$7.71
$13.52

25-49% certificated teachers
$11.10
$5.79
$11.48
$12.01
$6.24
$11.93

0-24% certificated teachers
$9.50
$4.81
$10.47
$10.41
$5.26
$10.92

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 January 2024
Rates from 1 March 2024

Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE
Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE

100% certificated teachers
$17.25
$10.04
$16.08
$17.25
$10.04
$16.80

80-99% certificated teachers
$16.56
$9.12
$15.22
$16.56
$9.12
$15.90

50…

All-Day Education and Care services and Hospital-based services – Full Parity Funding Rates

… certificated teachers
$14.09
$7.47
$13.37
$15.87
$8.36
$14.26

25-49% certificated teachers
$11.32
$5.93
$11.68
$13.10
$6.82
$12.57

0-24% certificated teachers
$9.63
$4.89
$10.63
$11.41
$5.78
$11.52

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 January 2024
Rates from 1 March 2024

Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE
Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE

100% certificated teachers
$18.24
$10.53
$16.61
$18.24
$10.53
$17.33

80-99% certificated teachers
$17.63
$9.72
$15.84
$17.63
$9.72
$16.53

50…

Sessional Education and Care Services and Hospital-based services – Base Funding Rates

… certificated teachers
$10.96
$4.89
$6.39
$11.87
$5.34
$6.84

25-49% certificated teachers
$8.93
$4.20
$5.65
$9.84
$4.65
$6.10

0-24% certificated teachers
$7.79
$3.78
$5.23
$8.70
$4.23
$5.68

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 January 2024
Rates from 1 March 2024

Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE
Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE

100% certificated teachers
$14.27
$7.08
$8.49
$14.27
$7.08
$8.86

80-99% certificated teachers
$13.32
$6.08
$7.70 
$13.32
$6.08
$8.03

50-79% certifica…

Sessional Education and Care Services and Hospital-based services – Parity Funding Rates

… certificated teachers
$11.35
$5.06
$6.62
$12.26
$5.52
$7.08

25-49% certificated teachers
$9.25
$4.35
$5.85
$10.16
$4.81
$6.31

0-24% certificated teachers
$8.06
$3.91
$5.41
$8.97
$4.37
$5.87

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 January 2024
Rates from 1 March 2024

Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE
Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE

100% certificated teachers
$14.74
$7.32
$8.78
$14.74
$7.32
$9.16

80-99% certificated teachers
$13.76
$6.28
$7.95
$13.76
$6.28
$8.29

50-79% certifica…

Sessional Education and Care services and Hospital-based services – Extended Parity Funding Rates

… certificated teachers
$12.29
$5.48
$7.17
$13.20
$5.93
$7.62

25-49% certificated teachers
$10.02
$4.71
$6.34
$10.93
$5.16
$6.79

0-24% certificated teachers
$8.73
$4.23
$5.86
$9.64
$4.68
$6.31

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 January 2024
Rates from 1 March 2024

Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE
Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE

100% certificated teachers
$15.89
$7.89
$9.46
$15.89
$7.89
$9.87

80-99% certificated teachers
$14.83
$6.77
$8.57
$14.83
$6.77
$8.94

50-79% certific…

Sessional Education and Care services and Hospital-based services – Full Parity Funding Rates

… certificated teachers
$12.58
$5.64
$7.33
$14.36
$6.53
$8.22

25-49% certificated teachers
$10.20
$4.83
$6.44
$11.98
$5.72
$7.33

0-24% certificated teachers
$8.85
$4.32
$5.96
$10.63
$5.21
$6.85

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 January 2024
Rates from 1 March 2024

Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE
Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE

100% certificated teachers
$16.87
$8.37
$9.95
$16.87
$8.37
$10.37

80-99% certificated teachers
$15.89
$7.33
$9.12
$15.89
$7.33
$9.50

50-79% certif…

All-day and Sessional Kindergarten

… $10.20
$5.18
$10.77
$10.46
$5.31
$11.05
$10.67
$5.41
$11.15

 

Sessional-100% certificated teachers
$16.90
$8.49
$10.06
$17.34
$8.71
$10.33
$17.55
$8.81
$10.43

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 December 2023
Rates from 1 January 2024
Rates from 1 March 2024

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
$17.97
$10.37
$16.35
$18.43
$10.62
$16.70
 $18.43
 $10.62
 $17.53

80-99% certificated teachers…

Teacher-led home-based ECE services

Table 10: Rates for all day teacher-led home-based ECE services from 1 January 2023.

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 January 2023
Rates from 1 January 2024

Under 2
2 and over
20 hours ECE
Under 2
2 and over
20 hours ECE

Quality
$9.41
$5.05
$10.51
$9.91
$5.32
$11.07

Standard
$7.48
$4.05
$9.00
$7.88
$4.26
$9.48

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 March 2024

Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE

Quality
$9.91
$5.32
$11.58

Standard
$7.88
$4.26
$9.92

Calculating the percentage qualification requirements

From 1 January 2024:For standard-funded licences:

60% of educators in a standard funded licence must hold a home-based service qualification.
There are no qualification requirements for the remaining educators.
For quality-funded licences:

80% of educators in a quality funded licence must hold a required qualification.
Up to 20% can either be in induction (first 6 months on the quality licence) or enrolled in training (up to a further 2 years, or 4 years if they are working towards an ECE teac…

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… purposes) from 1 January 2023.

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 January 2023

Under 2
2 and over
20 hours ECE

Quality
$13.77
$8.96
$13.17

Standard
$12.56
$8.37
$12.67

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 January 2024
Rates from 1 March 2024

Under 2
2 and over
20 hours ECE
Under 2
2 and over
20 hours ECE

Quality
$14.50
$9.43
$13.87
$14.50
$9.43
$14.51

Standard
$13.23
$8.81
$13.34
$13.23
$8.81
$13.95

Playcentre

… playcentres from 1 January 2023.

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 January 2023

Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE

Quality
$10.23
$5.14
$6.38

Standard
$8.95
$4.50
$5.74

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 January 2024
Rates from 1 March 2024

Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE
Under 2
2 and over
20 Hours ECE

Quality
$10.77
$5.41
$6.72
$10.77
$5.41
$7.03

Standard
$9.42
$4.74
$6.04
$9.42
$4.74
$6.32

Equity Funding

Table 14: Equity Funding rates for eligible services from 1 January 2022.

Equity Funding Rates (including GST)
Rates from 1 January 2022
Rates from 1 January 2023
Rates from 1 January 2024

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

EQI 1
$1.06
$1.09
$1.15
 
 

EQI 2
$0.82
$0.84
$0.88
 
 

EQI 3
$0.47
$0.48
$0.51
 
 

EQI 4
$0.22
$0.23
$0.24
 
 

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

EQI 1
$0.50
$0.51
$0.54
 
 

EQI 2
$0.31
$0.32…

Targeted Funding

Table 15: Targeted funding for disadvantage rate for eligible services from 1 March 2022

$ per targeted hour (including GST)
Rate from 1 March 2022
Rate from 1 March 2023
Rate from 1 March 2024

Eligible services
$0.37
$0.38$
$0.40

Upcoming changes to quality rate requirements: percentage qualification requirements

… 5 credits towards a required qualification at Level 4 or above

[Partial]

1 January 2021
30%
20%
All remaining educators (0-70%)

1 June 2022
50%
20%
All remaining educators (0-50%)

1 January 2023
70%
20%
All remaining educators (0-30%)

1 January 2024
80%
20%
This category no longer applies

^ Educators who do not yet have credits towards a required qualification.

Educators who join a quality funded licence without a completed qualification can only remain in induction for a maximum of 6 mo…

Previous quality rate requirements

The following sections outline the rate requirements in place from 1 June 2022 until 31 December 2022. They will remain here for information purposes until the next phase of transition on 1 January 2024. Service may still be audited on periods covered by these requirements so should ensure they have complied at all relevant times.