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Early childhood education financial and money matters

Below you will see the funding rates that apply to the various types of early childhood services.

  • All-day centres – full pay parity funding rates
    • Centres and hospital-based services that are not under kindergarten assocations
    • Kindergarten associations
  • All day centres – partial pay parity (1 step, 6 steps, extended) funding rates
  • Sessional licensed centres and hospital-based – full and partial pay parity funding rates
  • Te Kōhanga Reo
  • Home-based
  • Playcentre

There are also Funding Tables showing the amounts paid in:

  • Equity funding grants
  • Targeted funding grants

The government subsidises up to 30 hours per week of education and care per child. Part of the 30 hours may include the higher 20 Hour ECE funding should the child be eligible.

All-day centres – full pay parity funding rates

The Government’s announcement as part of Budget 2023 was that funding rates for full pay parity would be the same for all teacher-led centres and hospital-based services as kindergarten associations are paid, and that this would take effect from 1 Nov 2023. Well, both these things have not turned out to be true as you will see below.
See the ECE teacher pay parity salary scales

2023 funding Teacher-led centre and hospital-based services that are not Kindergarten Associations

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 NOV 2023FROM 1 DEC 2023
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$16.19$9.48$15.46$17.97$10.37$16.35
80-99% cert. teachers$15.59$8.68$14.70$17.37$9.57$15.59
50-79% cert. teachers$14.09$7.47$13.37$15.87$8.36$14.26
25-49% cert. teachers$11.32$5.93$11.68$13.10$6.82$12.57
0-24% cert. teachers$9.63$4.89$10.63$11.41$5.78$11.52

2023 funding Kindergarten association kindergartens

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR FROM 1 JAN 2023FROM 1 DEC 2023
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$17.02$9.90$15.88$17.87$10.32$16.30
80-99% cert. teachers$16.42$9.10$15.12$17.27$9.52$15.54
50-79% cert. teachers$14.92$7.89$13.79$15.77$8.31$14.21
25-49% cert. teachers$12.15$6.35$12.10$13.00$6.77$12.25
0-24% cert. teachers$10.46$5.31$11.05$11.31$5.73$11.47

2024 funding centre and hospital-based services that are not Kindergarten Associations

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JAN 2024FROM 1 MARCH 2024
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$18.24$10.53$16.61$18.24$10.53$17.33
80-99% cert. teachers$17.63$9.72$15.84$17.63$9.72$16.53
50-79% cert. teachers$16.11$8.49$14.49$16.11$8.49$15.12
25-49% cert. teachers$13.29$6.92$12.77$13.29$6.92$13.32
0-24% cert. teachers$11.57$5.86$11.70$11.57$5.86$12.20

2024 Kindergarten association kindergartens

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOUR FROM 1 JAN 2024FROM 1 MARCH 2024FROM 1 DEC 2024
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$18.26$10.54$16.62$18.26$10.54$17.34 $18.80 $10.81$17.61 
80-99% cert. teachers$17.65$9.73$15.85$17.65$9.73$16.54 $18.19 $10.00 $16.81
50-79% cert. teachers$16.13$8.50$14.50$16.13$8.50$15.13 $16.67 $8.77 $15.40
25-49% cert. teachers$13.31$6.93$12.78$13.31$6.93$13.33 $13.85 $7.20 $13.60
0-24% cert. teachers$11.59$5.87$11.71$11.59$5.87$12.21 $12.13 $6.14 $12.48

Partial pay parity – all-day services

Extended Pay Steps 1 – 11 + Management

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JAN 2023FROM 1 DEC 2023
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$15.88$9.32$15.19$16.79$9.77$15.64
80-99% cert. teachers$15.21$8.42$14.35$16.12$8.87$14.80
50-79% cert. teachers$13.77$7.26$13.07$14.68$7.71$13.52
25-49% cert. teachers$11.10$5.79$11.48$12.01$6.24$11.93
0-24% cert. teachers$9.50$4.81$10.47$10.41$5.26$10.92
$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JAN 2024FROM 1 MARCH 2024
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$17.25$10.04$16.08$17.25$10.04$16.80
80-99% cert. teachers$16.56$9.12$15.22$16.56$9.12$15.90
50-79% cert. teachers$15.08$7.92$13.90$15.08$7.92$14.52
25-49% cert. teachers$12.33$6.41$12.26$12.33$6.41$12.80
0-24% cert. teachers$10.69$5.40$11.23$10.69$5.40$11.73

Pay Steps 1 – 6 only

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JAN 2023FROM 1 DEC 2023
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$14.66$8.60$14.02$15.57$9.06$14.48
80-99% cert. teachers$14.04$7.77$13.24$14.95$8.23$13.70
50-79% cert. teachers$12.71$6.70$12.06$13.62$7.16$12.52
25-49% cert. teachers$10.25$5.34$10.60$11.16$5.80$11.06
0-24% cert. teachers$8.77$4.44$9.66$9.68$4.90$10.12
$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JAN 2024FROM 1 MARCH 2024
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$16.00$9.31$14.89$16.00$9.31$15.55
80-99% cert. teachers$15.36$8.46$14.09$15.36$8.46$14.72
50-79% cert. teachers$13.99$7.36$12.87$13.99$7.36$13.44
25-49% cert. teachers$11.46$5.96$11.37$11.46$5.96$11.87
0-24% cert. teachers$9.94$5.03$10.40$9.94$5.03$10.86

Pay Step 1 only or no pay step

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 is be funded at the 0 – 24% base funding rate

PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JAN 2023FROM 1 DEC 2023
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$14.16$8.30$13.55$15.07$8.75$14.00
80-99% cert. teachers$13.56$7.50$12.79$14.47$7.95$13.24
50-79% cert. teachers$12.28$6.47$11.65$13.19$6.92$12.10
25-49% cert. teachers$9.91$5.16$10.24$10.82$5.61$10.69
0-24% cert. teachers$8.48$4.28$9.33$9.39 $4.73$9.78
$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JAN 2024FROM 1 MARCH 2024
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$15.48$8.99$14.39$15.48$8.99$15.03
80-99% cert. teachers$14.87$8.17$13.61$14.87$8.17$14.22
50-79% cert. teachers$13.55$7.11$12.44$13.55$7.11$12.99
25-49% cert. teachers$11.11$5.76$10.99$11.11$5.76$11.47
0-24% cert. teachers$9.64$4.85$10.05$9.64$4.85$10.49

Sessional licensed – full and partial pay parity funding rates

Full Pay Parity

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 NOV 2023FROM 1 DEC 2023
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$14.84$7.36$8.91$16.62$8.25$9.80
80-99% cert. teachers$13.87$6.33$8.09$15.65$7.22$8.98
50-79% cert. teachers$12.58$5.64$7.33$14.36$6.53$8.22
25-49% cert. teachers$10.20$4.83$6.44$11.98$5.72$7.33
0-24% cert. teachers$8.85$4.32$5.96$10.63$5.21$6.85
$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JAN 2024FROM 1 MARCH 2024
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$16.87$8.37$9.95$16.87$8.37$10.37
80-99% cert. teachers$15.89$7.33$9.12$15.89$7.33$9.50
50-79% cert. teachers$14.57$6.63$8.34$14.57$6.63$8.68
25-49% cert. teachers$12.15$5.80$7.44$12.15$5.80$7.74
0-24% cert. teachers$10.78$5.28$6.95$10.78$5.28$7.23

Extended Pay Steps 1 – 11 + Management

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JAN 2023FROM 1 DEC 2023
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$14.56$7.23$8.75$15.47$7.68$9.20
80-99% cert. teachers$13.53$6.14$7.89$14.44$6.59$8.34
50-79% cert. teachers$12.29$5.48$7.17$13.20$5.93$7.62
25-49% cert. teachers$10.02$4.71$6.34$10.93$5.16$6.79
0-24% cert. teachers$8.73$4.23$5.86$9.64$4.68$6.31
$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JAN 2024FROM 1 MARCH 2024
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$15.89$7.89$9.46$15.89$7.89$9.87
80-99% cert. teachers$14.83$6.77$8.57$14.83$6.77$8.94
50-79% cert. teachers$13.56$6.09$7.83$13.56$6.09$8.17
25-49% cert. teachers$11.22$5.30$6.97$11.22$5.30$7.27
0-24% cert. teachers$9.89$4.80$6.48$9.89$4.80$6.76

Pay Steps 1 – 6 only

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JAN 2023FROM 1 DEC 2023
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$13.44$6.67$8.08$14.35$7.13$8.54
80-99% cert. teachers$12.49$5.66$7.28$13.40$6.12$7.74
50-79% cert. teachers$11.35$5.06$6.62$12.26$5.52$7.08
25-49% cert. teachers$9.25$4.35$5.85$10.16$4.81$6.31
0-24% cert. teachers$8.06$3.91$5.41$8.97$4.37$5.87
$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JAN 2024FROM 1 MARCH 2024
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$14.74$7.32$8.78$14.74$7.32$9.16
80-99% cert. teachers$13.76$6.28$7.95$13.76$6.28$8.29
50-79% cert. teachers$12.59$5.67$7.27$12.59$5.67$7.58
25-49% cert. teachers$10.43$4.94$6.48$10.43$4.94$6.76
0-24% cert. teachers$9.20$4.48$6.03$9.20$4.48$6.29

Pay Step 1 only or no pay step

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JAN 2023FROM 1 DEC 2023
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$12.98$6.44$7.81$13.89$6.89$8.26
80-99% cert. teachers$12.06$5.47$7.04$12.97$5.92$7.49
50-79% cert. teachers$10.96$4.89$6.39$11.87$5.34$6.84
25-49% cert. teachers$8.93$4.20$5.65$9.84$4.65$6.10
0-24% cert. teachers$7.79$3.78$5.23$8.70$4.23$5.68
$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JAN 2024FROM 1 MARCH 2024
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
100% cert. teachers$14.27$7.08$8.49$14.27$7.08$8.86
80-99% cert. teachers$13.32$6.08$7.70 $13.32$6.08$8.03
50-79% cert. teachers$12.19$5.48$7.03$12.19$5.48$7.33
25-49% cert. teachers$10.10$4.77$6.26$10.10$4.77$6.53
0-24% cert. teachers$8.93$4.34$5.83$8.93$4.34$6.08

Te Kōhanga Reo

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JANUARY 2023
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
Quality$13.77$8.96$13.17
Standard$12.56$8.37$12.67
$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURFROM 1 JANUARY 2024FROM 1 MARCH 2024
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
Quality$14.50$9.43$13.87$14.50$9.43$14.51
Standard$13.23$8.81$13.34$13.23$8.81$13.95

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.

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURRATES FROM 1 JAN 2023RATES FROM 1 JAN 2024FROM 1 MARCH 2024
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
Quality$9.41$5.05$10.51$9.91$5.32$11.07$9.91$5.32$11.58
Standard$7.48$4.05$9.00$7.88$4.26$9.48$7.88$4.26$9.92

Playcentre funding

$ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURRATES FROM 1 JAN 2023RATES FROM 1 JAN 2024FROM 1 MARCH 2024
UNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECEUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
Quality$10.23$5.14$6.38$10.77 $5.41 $6.72 $10.77 $5.41 $7.03
Standard$8.95$4.50$5.74$9.42 $4.74 $6.04 $9.42 $4.74 $6.32

Playgroups

FROM 1 JULY 2020 $ PER FUNDED CHILD HOURUNDER 22 AND OVER20 HOURS ECE
Playgroups$1.83$1.83N/A

Equity Funding

EQUITY FUNDING RATESFROM 1 JAN 2023FROM 1 JAN 2024
Equity Funding A: Low Socio Economic (per funded child hour)
EQI 1$1.09$1.15
EQI 2$0.84$0.88
EQI 3$0.48$0.51
EQI 4$0.23$0.24
Equity Funding B: Special Needs Funding (per funded child hour)
EQI 1$0.51$0.54
EQI 2$0.32$0.34
EQI 3$0.22$0.23
EQI 4$0.20$0.21
Equity Funding Component C: Language (monthly)
Language$441.81$465.23
Equity Funding Component D: Isolation (monthly)
1.65 to 1.83$312.37$328.93
1.84 to 2.53$161.88$170.46
2.54 and greater$107.50$113.20

Targeted Funding

PER TARGETED HOUR (INCL. GST)FROM 1 MARCH 2023FROM 1 MARCH 2024
Eligible services$0.38$0.40

Donations

Parents – if your ECE service is a charitable service 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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