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.

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Chapter 12: Financial Reporting

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Overview

Introduction

Section 311 of the Education Act 1989 provides for the payment of various subsidies to licensed Early Childhood services.

Services are required to report on how government funds have been spent as a condition of their licence.

This section outlines what kind of financial information a service should send to the Ministry and when to send it.

Services may have funding withheld if they do not complete the financial reporting requirements.

In this chapter

This chapter contains the following topics: