ECE Funding Handbook

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

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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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Appendix 4

This appendix contains the salary scales for education and care services, including minimum salary scales from 1 January 2023 and updates that will be available from 1 November 2023.

Minimum Salary Scales before 1 November 2023The following salary scales should be used by services with regard to the minimum salary amounts from 1 January 2023 but prior to 1 November 2023. By paying at least these salary amounts to all employed certificated teachers, Education and Care and Hospital-based services…

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

Table 1: Base funding rates for all-day education and care services and hospital-based services from 1 January 2023.

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

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

100% certificated teachers
$14.16
$8.30
$13.55
$15.07
$8.75
$14.00

80-99% certificated teachers
$13.56
$7.50
$12.79
$14.47
$7.95
$13.24

50-79% certificated teachers
$12.28
$6.47
$11.65
$13.19
$6.92
$12.10

25-49% certific…

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

Table 2: Parity funding rates for all-day education and care services and hospital-based services from 1 January 2023.

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

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

100% certificated teachers
$14.66
$8.60
$14.02
$15.57
$9.06
$14.48

80-99% certificated teachers
$14.04
$7.77
$13.24
$14.95
$8.23
$13.70

50-79% certificated teachers
$12.71
$6.70
$12.06
$13.62
$7.16
$12.52

25-49% certif…

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

Table 3: Extended parity funding rates for all-day education and care services and hospital-based services from 1 January 2023.

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

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

100% certificated teachers
$15.88
$9.32
$15.19
$16.79
$9.77
$15.64

80-99% certificated teachers
$15.21
$8.42
$14.35
$16.12
$8.87
$14.80

50-79% certificated teachers
$13.77
$7.26
$13.07
$14.68
$7.71
$13.52

25-4…

Funding rates

… services who pay all employed certificated teachers according to the Full Parity Salary Scale Steps 1 to 11 and the management steps described in Appendix 4.
Note: Funding conditions related to the Full Parity Salary Scale are effective from 1 November 2023.

See Section 2-6 for information on funding rates.

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

Table 4: Full parity funding rates for all-day education and care services and hospital-based services from 1 November 2023.

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

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

100% certificated teachers
$16.19
$9.48
$15.46
$17.97
$10.37
$16.35

80-99% certificated teachers
$15.59
$8.68
$14.70
$17.37
$9.57
$15.59

50-79% certificated teachers
$14.09
$7.47
$13.37
$15.87
$8.36
$14.26

25-49…

Attestation of certificated teachers’ salaries

… certificated teachers at least the amount specified at Step 1 of the salary scale described in this section will be funded at the 0 – 24% base funding rate.

Note: Funding conditions related to the Full Parity Salary Scale are effective from 1 November 2023.

Attestation Period

… 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 November 2023 funding round the attestation period for funding conditions related to Full Parity Salary Scale Steps 1 to 11 + Full Management steps start from November 2023.

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

Table 5: Base funding rates for sessional education and care services and hospital-based services from 1 January 2023.

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

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

100% certificated teachers
$12.98
$6.44
$7.81
$13.89
$6.89
$8.26

80-99% certificated teachers
$12.06
$5.47
$7.04
$12.97
$5.92
$7.49

50-79% certificated teachers
$10.96
$4.89
$6.39
$11.87
$5.34
$6.84

25-49% certificated…

Minimum Salary Scale for Certificated Teachers'

… education and care services who pay all employed certificated teachers service at or above certain minimum salary steps.

Appendix 4 contains the salary scales for Education and Care and Hospital-based services, including minimum salary scales from 1 January 2023 as well as the updates that will be available from 1 November 2023.

 

The following four salary scales should be used by services with regard to the minimum salary amounts from 1 November 2023:

Base Salary Scale (Step 1) 
Parity Sal…

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

Table 6: Parity funding rates for sessional education and care services and hospital-based services from 1 January 2023.

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

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

100% certificated teachers
$13.44
$6.67
$8.08
$14.35
$7.13
$8.54

80-99% certificated teachers
$12.49
$5.66
$7.28
$13.40
$6.12
$7.74

50-79% certificated teachers
$11.35
$5.06
$6.62
$12.26
$5.52
$7.08

25-49% certificat…

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

Table 7: Extended parity funding rates for sessional education and care services and hospital-based services from 1 January 2023.

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

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

100% certificated teachers
$14.56
$7.23
$8.75
$15.47
$7.68
$9.20

80-99% certificated teachers
$13.53
$6.14
$7.89
$14.44
$6.59
$8.34

50-79% certificated teachers
$12.29
$5.48
$7.17
$13.20
$5.93
$7.62

25-49% c…

Minimum Salary Scale for Management Positions

… services, who pay all certificated teachers employed in a Management Position at or above the management salary step.

Appendix 4 contains the salary scales for Education and Care and Hospital-based services, including minimum salary scales from 1 January 2023 as well as updates that will be available from 1 November 2023 including:  

Extended Parity Management Salary Scale.

Extended Parity Funding Rates are available to services who pay at least the Partial Management Step of the Extended Pa…

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

Table 8: Full parity funding rates for sessional education and care services and hospital-based services from 1 November 2023.

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

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

100% certificated teachers
$14.84
$7.36
$8.91
$16.62
$8.25
$9.80

80-99% certificated teachers
$13.87
$6.33
$8.09
$15.65
$7.22
$8.98

50-79% certificated teachers
$12.58
$5.64
$7.33
$14.36
$6.53
$8.22

25-49% cer…

All-day and Sessional Kindergarten

… 2022. 

These rates are valid from 1 December 2022 after the The Kindergarten Teachers, Head Teachers and Senior Teachers’ Collective Agreement (KTCA) was ratified.

$ per funded child hour (including GST)
Rates from 1 December 2022
Rates from 1 January 2023
Rates from 1 July 2023

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
$16.59
$9.65
$15.47
$17.02
$9.90
$15.88
$17.23
$10.00
$15.98

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

Minimum Salary Steps and Employer KiwiSaver Contributions

… service may count employer KiwiSaver contributions towards the minimum salary requirement, provided it has been agreed to by the teacher and their employer.

Note: Funding conditions related to the Full Parity Salary Scale are effective from 1 November 2023.

Te Kōhanga reo

Table 11: Rates for Kōhanga reo (except those recognised as teacher-led for funding 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
$8.8…

Determining a teacher’s initial salary step

… is an employment relation matter. Such matters are to be resolved by the teacher and their employer. The Ministry will not intervene in employment matters.

Note: Funding conditions related to the Full Parity Salary Scale are effective from 1 November 2023.

Playcentre

Table 12: Rates for 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