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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3-C Parent/whānau-led services

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Overview

Introduction

Parent/whānau-led services include licensed playcentres and licensed kōhanga reo. They provide education and care for children under the age of six.

The information in the Funding Handbook does not apply to certificated playgroups or services operating as licence-exempt. These services should contact their Ministry regional office for further information. 

In this chapter

This chapter contains sections that are relevant to all licensed parent/whānau-led services. In addition, there are sections that are specific to either licensed playcentres or licensed kōhanga reo.

You will need to read the sections for all parent/whānau-led services and the section that is specific to your service type.

In this section

This section contains the following topics: