Funding for early learning in Kāhui Ako

Supporting greater early childhood education services and ngā kōhanga reo collaboration and participation in Communities of Learning | Kāhui Ako.

Introduction

Early childhood education services and ngā kōhanga reo (services) representation in a Community of Learning | Kāhui Ako helps meet the needs of children by supporting positive education outcomes from an early age, laying the foundation for a lifetime of learning.

From 11 September 2018, services that are approved members of a Community of Learning can apply for joint funding from the Ministry of Education.

The purpose of this funding is to support services participation and collaboration within Communities of Learning to strengthen learning opportunities for children.

Annual funding amounts

The funding joint services are eligible for depends on the number of approved member services in its Community of Learning.  This is determined at the time the application is submitted:

Number of member services in the Community of Learning

Up to 5 services

6-10 services

11 or more services

Total funding available per annum

(excl GST)

$4,000

$5,500

$7,000

Funding Timeline

Funding is available from 11 September 2018, and applications can be submitted up to 30 June 2020.

Eligibility criteria

To apply, member services need to agree:

  • how the joint funding will be used,
  • who will administer the joint funding on behalf of the applicants.

Application criteria:

  • services must be approved members of a Community of Learning
  • a service can only be the nominated fund-holder for one Community of Learning
  • the nominated fund-holder service’s bank account cannot be a personal bank account.

The nominated fund-holder service responsible for administering this funding must not:

  • be on a provisional, probationary or suspended licence
  • be under investigation following a complaint, or
  • owe a debt to the Ministry.

Examples of how services might use the funding include, but are not limited to:

  • activities to build coherent learner pathways that strengthen transition
  • activities to build the quality of teaching practice at services and schools
  • enabling release time for service teachers to attend and participate in Community of Learning meetings and activities
  • supporting participation in the development of Community of Learning achievement challenges.

Applications

Received between 11 September 2018 and 30 June 2019

  • Applications received by 30 June 2019 will generate funding in both financial years (eg 2018/19 and 2019/2020) so this should be reflected in your proposal.
  • The first annual payment will be paid to a nominated service fund-holder account 15 working days from submitting the application. The second annual payment will be made in August 2019.
  • The first annual payment will be based on the number of member services at the time of your application.  The second annual payment will be based on the number of member services in July 2019.

Received from 1 July 2019

  • Applications received from 1 July 2019 will receive one payment.  This will be paid 15 working days from submitting the application to your local Ministry of Education office.

Application process

Step 1 

Approved member services in a Community of Learning get together to decide how to use the funding to enable their participation and collaboration to strengthen learning pathways for children

Step 2

Services complete the application form and submit it to their local Ministry of Education office

Step 3

Local Ministry of Education office staff will check the application.  If there are any issues staff will contact the nominated point of contact to resolve them.  

Step 4

Once the application is approved, the nominated point of contact will be notified and the funding will be released shortly after 

Enquiries

Contact your local Ministry of Education office to discuss what's involved. You can also ring 0800 IES INFO (0800 437 4636) or email IES.team@education.govt.nz.

Administering the funding

Member services need to nominate one service to administer the funding, on behalf of the applicants, as part of the application process.

If any services in the application change, before the funding is received, staff in the local Ministry of Education office can help you update the application.

Joining a Community of Learning

Call 0800 IES INFO (0800 437 4636) or email IES.team@education.govt.nz to find out more about joining a Community of Learning. 

More information about Communities of Learning

We need your help

The Ministry would like to understand how the funding enables meaningful engagement and participation of services within Communities of Learning.  In late 2019, we will be looking for willing participants to engage with us for a short evaluation of how the funding has helped.

Application form and guide

Joint application form COL Services Funding [PDF, 319 KB]

Guide to Application Form COL Services Funding [PDF, 249 KB]

 

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