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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9-5 Calculating Advance Days

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  • Description
    • Advance Days determine the number of days per month for which your service will receive advance funding.

      Advance funding is calculated separately for the days your service is operating as All-Day and operating as Sessional. Only complete the advance days column relevant to your service’s operating structure.

  • Calculating Advance Days
    • Follow the steps below to calculate the number of days that advance funding will be paid for:

      Do not count public holidays, even if the service will be open. Public holidays are not funded in advance.

      StepAction
      1 Use a calendar to count up the number of days the service will be open and operating as all-day during each of the next four months.
      2 Write the number of days the service will be open and operating as all-day for each month in the boxes provided.
      3 Use a calendar to count up the number of days the service will be open and operating as sessional during each of the next four months.
      4 Write the number of days the service will be open and operating as sessional for each month in the boxes provided.
  • Example
    • There is a maximum of 22 operational days in September.

      The Anniversary Day Holiday for Huia Playcentre and Kowhai Street Childcare Centre’s region is on September 27. The services cannot claim advance funding for this day.

      Huia Playcentre is a sessional service. They claim 21 days advance funding in the Sessional column.

      Kowhai Street Childcare Centre operates all-day on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and Tuesday and Thursday as sessional. They claim 12 days in the all-day column, and 9 days in the sessional column.