Playgroup Funding Handbook

The Playgroup Funding Handbook provides information about how playgroup funding is calculated and the conditions which need to be met to receive funding in accordance with section 548 of the Education and Training Act 2020(external link).


This handbook sets out the conditions for funding payments to playgroups.
Information about eligibility, the conditions that govern the funding and applying for these funding types can be found in this Handbook.

  • Who is the Handbook for?
    • The Playgroup Funding Handbook applies to all playgroups funded by the Ministry of Education. In particular, it is intended for the management committees of these playgroups.

  • Funding Types
    • There are 2 types of funding for playgroups:

      • Playgroup Operational Funding – a general grant available to all eligible playgroups to assist with ongoing operational costs
      • Playgroup Special Grant – a discretionary grant available to assist playgroups to meet large costs that cannot be met from other funding.