Keeping Early Childhood Education (ECE) affordable
How do I claim my 20 Hours ECE?
Easy. We’ll ask you to complete some details on our Enrolment Form when your child starts at kindergarten. These details tell the Ministry of Education how you are going to use your child’s 20 Hours ECE. As soon as we have this and you’ve completed a full Enrolment Form, you can receive the 20 Hours ECE – there is no waiting period.
If your child attends kindergarten for more than 20 hours a week, or you are spreading your 20 Hours ECE across more than one early childhood centre, you will be charged a fee for the additional hours.
This fee is $4.00 incl GST per hour.
The fee reduces to $2.50 incl GST per hour, for any second, third etc children from the same family, attending at the same time.
Two year olds will not be charged a fee if their families confirm they will use their 20 Hours ECE at the kindergarten after their third birthday. They will be asked for the Whanau Payment that would apply once they are using their 20 Hours ECE.
What if my child attends more than one early childhood education service?
Your child can use your entitlement to 20 Hours ECE across more than one early childhood education service, as long as their attendance across all services is no more than 6 hours per day, up to 20 hours per week.
Additional information on ‘20 Hours ECE’ is available on the Parents section of the Ministry of Education’s website.
Getting help with your fees
You may be able to get a WINZ Childcare Subsidy to help with the payment of your fees. To find out if your family qualifies:
- Ask at your kindergarten for a WINZ brochure
- Call WINZ on 0800 774 004
- Visit www.workandincome.govt.nz
How much will I end up paying?
This will depend on how you choose to use your 20 Hours ECE, how many children you have and the number of hours they spend at kindergarten.