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The funding each service gets per child per hour (20 Hour and 30 Hour subsidy rates)

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20 Hours Free ECE

There are different funding rates for different categories of services.  Funding also varies according to child age. 

If a service claims the 20 hours ECE funding rate for a child who is aged between 3 to 6 years, but the child stays longer than 20 hours, then up to a further 10 hours can be claimed at the usual subsidy rate. Services are paid up to 30 hours funding for every child under 3 years (and over 3 years if the service does not provide 20 hours ECE free for children). 

The Government has a specific obligation as employers of kindergarten teachers to offer any agreed payments in the Primary Teachers’ Collective Agreement to kindergarten teachers.

In 2019 all early childhood services except for home-based services and playgroups received a funding increase. The last funding increase before 2019 was on 1 July 2014 for all services except for kindergartens and on 1 May 2017 for kindergartens. 

All day care Free-Kindergartens with paid staff  (operate more than 4 hours a day). Dollar amount of Government Funding paid to centres per child, per hour

  Child under 2yrs     
up to 30 hours
Child over 2yrs     
up to 30 hours 
Or 20 Hours ECE rate    
for 3 - 6 year olds
80%+ certificated
teachers
$13.04 $7.26 $12.29
50% - 79% certificated
teachers
$11.79 $6.25 $11.19

  

All-day care and education centres other than free kindergartens with paid staff (operate more than 4 hours a day). Dollar amount of Government Funding paid to centres per child, per hour

  Child under 2yrs     
up to 30 hours
Child over 2yrs     
up to 30 hours 
Or 20 Hours ECE rate     
for 3 - 6 year olds
80%+ certificated
teachers
$12.31 $6.81 $11.61
50% - 79% certificated
teachers
$11.15 $5.87 $10.58

  

Sessional free-kindergartens with paid staff (providing sessions of 4 hours or less for children). Dollar amount of Government Funding per child, per hour that is paid to the Kindergarten.  Sessional kindergartens must employ only qualified teachers (this is law under the State Sector Act). 

  Child under 2 yrs    
up to 30 hours
Child over 2yrs up    
to 30 hours 
Or 20 Hours ECE rate for    
3 - 6 year olds
100% certificated teachers.  $13.81 $6.93 $8.29

  

Sessional childcare centres with paid staff (providing sessions of 4 hours or less for children).  Dollar amount of Government Funding per child, per hour that goes to the centre

  Child under 2yrs     
up to 30 hours
Child over 2yrs     
up to 30 hours 
Or 20 Hours ECE rate     
for 3 - 6 year olds
80%+ certificated
teachers
$10.94 $4.96 $6.39
50% - 79% certificated
teachers
$9.95 $4.44 $5.81

  

Home-based agencies, dollar amount of Government Funding per child, per hour paid to the agencies (not to the educators/caregivers)

  Child under 2yrs     
up to 30 hours  
Child over 2yrs    
up to 30 hours 
Or 20 Hours ECE rate    
for 3 - 6 year olds
Higher rate $8.31 $4.45 $9.27
Standard rate $7.28 $3.94 $8.76

 

Playcentres belonging to the National Playcentre Federation, dollar amount of Government funding per child, per hour 

  30 hours subsidy    
under 2yrs  
Child over 2yrs    
up to 30 hours 
Or 20 Hours ECE rate   
for 3 - 6 year olds
Higher rate $8.98  $4.51 $5.61
Standard rate $7.86 $3.96 $5.04

 

Te Kohanga Reo, Maori Language Nest Centres, dollar amount of Government funding per child per hour

  Child under 2yrs     
up to 30 hours 
Child over 2yrs     
up to 30 hours 
Or 20 Hours ECE rate    
for 3 - 6 year olds 
Higher rate $8.98 $4.51 $8.43
Standard rate $7.86 $3.96 $7.95

 

Playgroups, dollar amount of Government Funding per child per hour

single rate for any child age and any % qualified staff  

      $1.51    

 

Donations

Tax credit can be claimed for donations to early childhood services that are approved charitable organisations. For more information go to the Inland Revenue website.

For information on the WINZ childcare subsidy and rates- click here.  

For information on fees and other costs parents can be asked to pay - click here to find out more. 

 

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