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).

Playgroup Operational Funding

Playgroup operational funding is intended to assist playgroups to meet their ongoing operational costs.

  • Eligibility
    • To be eligible to receive playgroup operational funding a playgroup must:

      • be certificated (that is hold a valid interim or full certificate) and
      • meet the conditions for payment of funding set out in this Handbook.
  • Funding Rate
    • The funding rate for all playgroups is $1.83 per hour per child. Playgroup Operational Funding is GST inclusive.

  • Funding Dates
    • Playgroup operational funding is paid twice per year.

      The funding periods are from 1 January to 30 June and from 1 July to 31 December.

      A payment advice notice will be emailed to all playgroups that receive funding confirming the amount they will be paid.

  • Updating Contact Details
    • It is important the Ministry of Education has the most up-to-date contact details for each playgroup. If your playgroup’s funding contact person, email address, postal address or bank account details have changed please notify your Education Adviser as soon as possible. Incorrect playgroup details may result in delayed funding.