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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9-6 Attestation of certificated teachers’ salaries

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  • Policy
    • Higher funding rates for education and care services are only available to services that agree to pay all primary and ECE qualified and certificated teachers employed by their service at least at the Q1, Q2, Q3 and Q3+ entry levels in the current Early Childhood Collective Agreement of Aotearoa New Zealand.2

      This information can be found on the Education.govt.nz website.

  • Rationale
    • Ensuring that certificated teachers are recognised and rewarded for their qualifications will contribute to increasing the number of certificated teachers working in early childhood education.

  • Attestation on the RS7 Return
    • The RS7 Return is used to determine the rate at which each teacher-led centre-based service is paid.

      This box requires the signatory to attest that their service pays all certificated teachers employed by their service at least at the levels stated on the Education.govt.nz website.

      If you answer...your rate will be...
      yes determined by the proportion of Certificated Teacher Hours for the previous four months.
      no automatically set to the lowest level of funding.

      In answering yes to this question, services are not required to offer the terms of the early Childhood Collective Agreement of Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • Example
    • An example of the required attestation is shown below:

      Attestation of Certificated Teachers' Salaries.