20-Hours ECE and 30-Hours Subsidy Funding Rates

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Early childhood education financial and money matters

Below you will see tables showing the funding rates that apply to the various types of early childhood services. The Ministry of Education decides on the funding rate amounts and currently funds services at different amounts. Funding rates also differ for children aged under two years and children aged two years and over.  

Services are paid up to 30 hours funding for every child under 3 years (and over 3 years if the service does not provide 20 hours ECE free for children).  If a service claims the 20 hours ECE funding rate for a child who is aged between 3 to 6 years, but the child stays longer than 20 hours, then up to a further 10 hours can be claimed at the usual subsidy rate.

Full-day Teacher-led Centre Funding Rates

Teacher-led centres include all education and care centres (including kindergartens and preschools) and services on a notional roll, such as hospital-based. 

Base Funding rates All-day licensed teacher-led centres
Services must pay all their qualified teachers with a practising certificate at least on Step 1 of the base pay scale ($24.69 hour) for this funding. An education and care service or hospital-based service who does not attest to paying all employed certificated teachers at least the amount specified at Step 1 of the salary scale described in this section will be funded at the 0 – 24% base funding rate

Non-kindergarten association education and care centres FROM 1 JANUARY 2022  $ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCL. GST)UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% teachers$13.78$8.08$13.19
80 – 99% teachers$13.20$7.30$12.45
50-79% teachers$11.95$6.30$11.34
25-49% teachers$9.64$5.02$9.97
0-24% teachers$8.25$4.17$9.08
Kindergarten Association kindergartens FROM 1 JANUARY 2022 $ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCL. GST)UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% teachers$15.76$9.23$15.05
80 – 99% teachers$15.17$8.45$14.31
50-79% teachers$13.71$7.27$13.01
25-49% teachers$11.02$5.77$11.37
0-24% teachers$9.37$4.76$10.35

Bottom 5 Pay Steps salary attestation funding for all-day teacher-led centres (2022)

Non-kindergarten association teacher-led centres FROM 1 JANUARY 2022 $ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCL. GST)UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% teachers$14.13$8.29$13.52
80 – 99% teachers$13.54$7.49$12.77
50-79% teachers$12.25$6.46$11.63
25-49% teachers$9.88$5.15$10.22
0-24% teachers$8.46$4.28$9.31
Kindergartens FROM 1 JANUARY 2022 $ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCL. GST)UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% teachers$15.76$9.23$15.05
80 – 99% teachers$15.17$8.45$14.31
50-79% teachers$13.71$7.27$13.01
25-49% teachers$11.02$5.77$11.37
0-24% teachers$9.37$4.76$10.35

Full-day Teacher-led centres: Base funding rates (FROM 1 JAN 2023)  

Services must pay all their qualified teachers with a practising certificate at least on Step 1 of the base pay scale ($24.69 hour) for this funding. An education and care service or hospital-based service that does not attest to paying all employed certificated teachers at least the amount specified at Step 1 of the salary scale described in this section will be funded at the 0 – 24% base funding rate

UNDER 2 YRSUNDER 2 YRS2 YRS AND OVER2 YRS AND OVER20-HOURS ECE20-HOURS ECE
Non-kindergartensKindergarten full parityNon-kindergartensKindergarten full parityNon-kindergartensKindergarten full parity
100%
teachers
$14.16$16.19$8.30$9.48 $13.55$15.46
99 – 80% teachers$13.56$15.59$7.50$8.68$12.79$14.70
79 – 50% teachers$12.28$14.09$6.47$7.47$11.65$13.37
49 – 25% teachers$9.91$11.32$5.16$5.93$10.24$11.68
0-24%
teachers
$8.48$9.63$4.28$4.89$9.33$10.63

Full-day teacher-led centres: Funding for centres opting in to salary attestation at the bottom 6 pay parity steps (FROM 1 JAN 2023)  

UNDER 2 YRSUNDER 2 YRS2 YRS AND OVER2 YRS AND OVER20-HOURS ECE20-HOURS ECE
Non-kindergartens  Kindergarten full parityNon-kindergartens  Kindergarten full parityNon-kindergartens  Kindergarten full parity
100%
teachers
$14.66$16.19$8.60$9.48 $14.02$15.46
99 – 80% teachers$14.04$15.59$7.77$8.68$13.24$14.70
79 – 50% teachers$12.71$14.09$6.70$7.47$12.06$13.37
49 – 25% teachers$10.25$11.32$5.34$5.93$10.60$11.68
0-24%
teachers
$8.77$9.63$4.44$4.89$9.66$10.63

The Ersatz (substitute) parity funding rates for salary attestation covering higher pay steps including any certificated teachers who are managers or professional leaders (FROM 1 JAN 2023)  

UNDER 2 YRSUNDER 2 YRS2 YRS AND OVER2 YRS AND OVER20-HOURS ECE20-HOURS ECE
Non-kindergartens  Kindergarten full parityNon-kindergartens  Kindergarten full parityNon-kindergartens  Kindergarten full parity
100%
teachers
$15.20$16.19$8.92 $9.48 $14.54 $15.46
99 – 80% teachers$14.56$15.59$8.06$8.68$13.73$14.70
79 – 50% teachers$13.18$14.09$6.95$7.47$12.51$13.37
49 – 25% teachers$10.63$11.32$5.54$5.93$12.51$11.68
0-24%
teachers
$9.10$9.63$4.61$4.89$10.02$10.63

Part-day Licenced Teacher-Led Centre Funding Rates

Part-day licensed teacher-led centres not owned by a Kindergarten Assn
Services must pay all their qualified teachers with a practising certificate at least on Step 1 of the base pay scale ($24.69 hour) for this funding. 

FROM 1 JANUARY 2022 $ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCLUDING GST)UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS
100% teachers$12.63$6.27$7.60
80 – 99% teachers$11.74$5.32$6.85
50-79% teachers$10.67$4.76$6.22
25-49% teachers$8.69$4.09$5.50
0-24% teachers$7.58$3.68$5.09

Or, services must pay all their qualified teachers with a practising certificate at least on the bottom 5 pay Steps for this funding. 

 FROM 1 JANUARY 2022 $ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCLUDING GST)UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS
100% teachers$12.95$6.43$7.79
80 – 99% teachers$12.04$5.46$7.02
50-79% teachers$10.94$4.88$6.38
25-49% teachers$8.91$4.19$5.64
0-24% teachers$7.77$3.77$5.22

Kindergarten Associations
Kindergarten Association services must pay all their teachers on the full pay parity pay scale (pay equivalency to school teachers)

FROM 1 JANUARY 2022  $ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCLUDING GST)UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS
100% teachers$16.07$8.07$9.64

Part-day teacher-led centres base funding rates (FROM 1 JAN 2023)  

Centres must pay all their qualified teachers with a practising certificate at least on Step 1 of the base pay scale ($24.69 hour) for this funding. An education and care service or hospital-based service that does not attest to paying all employed certificated teachers at least the amount specified at Step 1 of the salary scale described in this section will be funded at the 0 – 24% base funding rate.

$ PER CHILD HOURUNDER 2 YRSUNDER 2 YRS2 YRS AND OVER2 YRS AND OVER20-HOURS ECE20-HOURS ECE
Ersatz parityKindergarten full parityErsatz parityKindergarten full parityErsatz parityKindergarten full parity
100%
teachers
$12.98$16.51$6.44$8.29$7.81$9.91
99 – 80% teachers$12.06 $5.47 $7.04 
79 – 50% teachers$10.96 $4.89 $6.39 
49 – 25% teachers$8.93 $4.20 $5.65 
0-24%
teachers
$7.79 $3.78 $5.23 

Part-day teacher-led centres funding rates for salary attestation at the bottom 6 pay parity steps (FROM 1 JAN 2023)  

UNDER 2 YRSUNDER 2 YRS2 YRS AND OVER2 YRS AND OVER20-HOURS ECE20-HOURS ECE
Ersatz parityKindergarten full parityErsatz parityKindergarten full parityErsatz parityKindergarten full parity
100%
teachers
$13.44$16.51$6.67$8.29$8.08$9.91
99 – 80% teachers$12.49 $5.66 $7.28 
79 – 50% teachers$11.35 $5.06 $6.62 
49 – 25% teachers$9.25 $4.35 $5.85 
0-24%
teachers
$8.06 $3.91 $5.41 

Part-day teacher-led centres – funding rates for salary attestation at further pay steps including a manager pay step, and Kindergarten full-pay parity funding rates (FROM 1 JAN 2023)  

UNDER 2 YRSUNDER 2 YRS2 YRS AND OVER2 YRS AND OVER20-HOURS ECE20-HOURS ECE
Ersatz parityKindergarten full parityErsatz parityKindergarten full parityErsatz parityKindergarten full parity
100%
teachers
$13.93$16.51$6.92$8.29$8.37$9.91
99 – 80% teachers$12.95 $5.87 $7.55 
79 – 50% teachers$11.77 $5.24 $6.87 
49 – 25% teachers$9.59 $4.51 $6.07 
0-24%
teachers
$8.35 $4.05 $5.61 

Homebased ECE funding

Home-based services are required to employ a person responsible/ co-ordinator for every 50 children who is ECE qualified and holds a current practising certificate.  A service licenced for 51 children must have 2 qualified and certificated teachers.  There are no funding rates linked to a requirement to pay teachers at any rate on the base teacher pay scale.

FROM 1 JANUARY 2022 $ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCLUDING GST)UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
Quality$9.16$4.91$10.23
Standard$7.28$3.94$8.76

Te Kōhanga Reo funding rates

To support teachers, the Trust advocates for Te Tohu Tino Rangatiratanga Whakapakari o Te Kōhanga Reo – a Level 7 qualification delivered in te reo – to be recognised as a qualification accepted by the Teaching Council for graduates to register and gain a practising certificate. The majority of staff in Kōhanga Reo are currently undertaking a Kōhanga Reo course or hold some type of Kōhanga Reo approved course qualification.

FROM 1 JANUARY 2022 $ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCLUDING GST)UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
Quality$13.40$8.72$12.82
Standard$12.22$8.15$12.33

Playcentre funding rates

All Playcentres are required to have a person responsible and that person may hold a Level 4 early childhood qualification on the NZQA framework or a teaching diploma or degree and a practising certificate.

FROM 1 JANUARY 2022 $ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCLUDING GST)UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
Quality$9.96$5.00$6.21
Standard$8.71$4.38$5.59

Certificated playgroups and licence-exempt services

FROM 1 JULY 2020 $ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR (INCL. GST)UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
Playgroups$1.83$1.83N/A

Donations

Is your ECE service a charitable service? Find out about getting a tax credit – go to the Inland Revenue website to find out more about donations and tax credits. 

WINZ childcare subsidy

WINZ childcare subsidy and rates- click here.  

Fees and other costs to parents  click here for fees and charges 

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