ECE Funding Handbook

Welcome to the Early Childhood Funding Handbook. This Funding Handbook is issued under section 311(5) of the Education Act 1989. 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.

ECE Funding Handbook downloads

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4-5 Beginning or ceasing to offer 20 Hours ECE Funding

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  • Introduction
    • This section is for services beginning, or ceasing to offer 20 Hours ECE.

  • First Advance of 20 Hours ECE
    • The table below shows the funding process for services claiming their first advance of 20 Hours ECE funding.

      Information on completing the EC20 Transitional Advance Form is in Section 7-9 of this handbook.

      StageDescription
      1 The service requests an EC20 Transitional Advance Form from the Ministry of Education, ece.funding@education.govt.nz
      2 The service completes and returns the EC20 to the ECE Operational Funding Team on ece.funding@education.govt.nz
      3

      The Ministry calculates the service’s advance payment based on:

      • the number of days the service will be open and
      • the calculated funded child hours for each day during a selected week for
        • Under Twos
        • Two and Overs not receiving 20 Hours ECE
        • 20 Hours ECE
        • Plus 10 ECE hours and
      • the date the service will begin offering 20 Hours ECE.
      4 The Ministry makes an advance payment to the service on the next available major payment date.
      5 The advance payment is washed-up against actual funded child hours on the next RS7 Return and 20 Hours ECE funding becomes part of the normal funding cycle.