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 – New Zealand 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 more information.

Local Ministry offices

Download the ECE Funding Handbook

If you would like to print a 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

3-B-2a Kindergartens

E symbol.  Compass.  Books

  • Funding requirements
    • Kindergartens, which are teacher-led centre-based services controlled by a kindergarten association [see Glossary], are treated differently for funding purposes.

      Kindergartens must keep the same staff records as education and care services, with the exception of staff salary records relating to the Attestation of Certificated Teachers’ Salaries.

      See Section 3-B-2: Education and Care services for information on the staff record requirements.

  • Discretionary hours
    • Kindergartens are entitled to 80 discretionary hours per funding period, when a certificated reliever is not available. The record-keeping requirements outlined in Section 3-B-2 also apply to kindergartens. This includes the obligation to submit a report to the Ministry on the discretionary hours used each funding period.