Quality rate requirements

To be eligible for quality funding rates, home-based ECE services must meet the requirements of one of the following options:

 Option 1Option 2
Service size Maximum of 60 children Maximum of 80 children
Coordinator requirements Coordinators must meet the
Quality rate requirements: coordinators
Coordinators must meet the
Quality rate requirements: coordinators
Educator Requirements All educators in the service have completed one of the following:
  • at least 5 credits at a minimum of a Level 4 ECE qualification listed on the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications
  • a completed Level 3 or higher ECE qualification listed on the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications
All educators in the service have completed one of the following:
  • at least 15 credits at a minimum of a Level 4 ECE qualification listed on the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications
  • a completed Level 3 or higher ECE qualification listed on the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications.
Note: Educator requirements In addition to the educator requirements for Option 1, educators can be New Zealand Qualified primary school teachers. In addition to the educator requirements for Option 2, educators can be New Zealand Qualified primary school teachers.

Note: The Ministry will only accept qualifications (listed in the table above) for home-based ECE quality funding if these are listed on the New Zealand Register of Quality Assured Qualifications.

A full or part ECE qualification gained prior to 1 July 2011 will continue to be recognised for quality funding purposes until the end of the educator’s contractual agreement with the home-based service.

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