You may qualify for a subsidy

The Childcare Subsidy is for parents whose income is below a certain level. It helps to pay for childcare costs.

The Childcare Subsidy is for parents whose income is below a certain level. It helps to pay for childcare costs. Sometimes, you can receive a mix of both the Childcare Subsidy and 20 Hours ECE. This can happen if your Childcare Subsidy is for more than 20 hours a week. For example, if you are entitled to 30 hours Childcare Subsidy and you choose to claim 20 Hours ECE, then you could receive the Childcare Subsidy for the remaining 10 hours. The Childcare Subsidy cannot be used for the same hours as 20 Hours ECE.

You may get a Childcare Subsidy if:

  • you're the main carer of a dependent child
  • you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
  • your family is on a low or middle income.

You should also normally live in New Zealand and intend to stay here. It also depends on how much you and your spouse or partner earn. The child must be:

  • under five years old (or under six years if you get a Child Disability Allowance for them)
  • attending an approved early childhood programme for three or more hours a week.

Approved programmes include early childhood education and care services, eg:

  • kindergartens and preschools
  • childcare centres and creches
  • playcentres and playgroups
  • Kohanga Reo, Punanga Reo, Aoga and other programmes with a language and culture focus
    approved home-based care.

The Childcare Subsidy is looked after by Work and Income. To find out more about the Childcare Subsidy, go to the Working for Families website or call 0800 559 009

Learn more on the Work and Income website: workandincome.govt.nz/childcare-subsidy