Childcare subsidy



Childcare subsidy en-NZ
Childcare subsidy en-NZ

The Childcare Subsidy is a payment that helps low to middle income families with the cost of pre-school childcare. The Childcare Subsidy is normally paid for up to nine hours of childcare a week if the parents are not working, studying or training. Parents may be able to get up to 50 hours a week if they are in one of these situations:

• working, studying or on an approved training course • involved in an activity that Work and Income has asked you to do • a shift worker who works nights • seriously ill or disabled • caring for a child in hospital or for a child you get the Disability Allowance for. Children must be aged under 5 years and attending an early childhood programme for 3 or more hours a week, or under 6 years if the child receives the Child Disability Allowance.

Approved programmes include early childhood education and care services, eg: • kindergartens and preschools • childcare centres and crèches • playcentres and playgroups • Kōhanga Reo, Punanga Reo, Aoga and other programmes with a language and culture focus • approved home-based care.

Families getting 20 Hours ECE cannot get the Childcare Subsidy for the same hours. Families can choose between receiving 20 Hours ECE or the Childcare Subsidy, or a combination of both payments. For example, if a child is eligible for 50 hours using the Childcare Subsidy and accesses 20 hours of free ECE, then the child is still eligible for up to 30 hours of Childcare Subsidy.

In most cases you can't get the Childcare Subsidy for more than nine hours a week if the child's other parent or caregiver can care for them. All subsidies are paid directly to the childcare provider.




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