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.
3-C-1 General information for all parent/whānau-led services
This section explains:
- funding rates for parent/whānau-led services
- the difference between standard and quality funding rates
- when and how to apply for a change in funding rate.
There are two funding rates for parent/whānau-led ECE services.
Standard rate – this is the funding rate applicable for licensed parent/whānau-led ECE services. These services must meet the requirements of the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008.(external link)
Quality rate – a higher funding rate is available to services that meet requirements additional to those specified in the Education (Early Childhood Services) Regulations 2008(external link).
For more information on the Regulations see: www.legislation.govt.nz(external link)
For more information on the quality rate, services should refer to Section 3-C-2.
Services can be licensed to provide both teacher-led and parent-led education and care during any week, but only one kind of provision on each day.
The funding rules for parent-led days are explained in this chapter. The funding rules for teacher-led days are explained in Section 3-B.
For more information about mixed provision contact Ministry regional office.
More record keeping information
Use the following table if you would like further information about record keeping and financial reporting requirements:
If you would like... See Section An overview of the record keeping requirements for all services 11-1 Information on funding claim audits and record keeping audits 11-2 Information or instructions for financial reporting 12