Providers of FREE 20 hrs ECE

If you have a 3 or 4 year old, or a 5 year old child who is not enrolled at primary school, you can apply for 20 Hours ECE. This is regardless of your income, whether you or your child is a New Zealand resident or citizen, or any other reason.

How 20 Hours ECE works

  • The government subsidises all children who attend ECE.
  • 20 Hours ECE is a higher funding subsidy.
  • It means that if your child is three, four or five and goes to an ECE service or kōhanga reo that offers 20 Hours ECE, the cost can be fully subsidised for up to six hours a day and up to 20 hours a week.
  • You can choose to use as many or as few hours of 20 Hours ECE as you want, up to 6 hours a day and 20 hours a week.

Anyone can apply. If you have a three or four year old, or a five year old child who is not enrolled at primary school, you can apply for 20 Hours ECE. This is regardless of your income, whether you or your child is a New Zealand resident or citizen, or any other reason.

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