Up to 30 Hours Free Early Childhood Education
The Government offers up to 20 hours of free early childhood education per week, up to six hours a day, for 3 and 4 year olds.
No fees are involved but parents can be asked for donations from time to time.
- The number of Free ECE hours for your child can access will depend on the places available for 3 and 4 year olds in your area.
- You need to apply for 20 Hours ECE by completing an Attestation Form provided by your kindergarten.
- In addition, some parents will be eligible for the Childcare Subsidy available for low and moderate income families. Contact Work and Income for more information.
- If you are not covering all of your child’s hours at Kindergarten with 20 Hours ECE, then you will be required to pay a fee for the other hours/sessions (see below).
- We will not be charging a fee for any two-year-old at Kindergarten, providing their family has agreed that they will use their 20 Hours ECE at Kindergarten once the child turns three.
- We will not be charging a fee for any five-year-old at Kindergarten, if they have been using their 20 Hours ECE hours at Kindergarten before they turned five.
At Ashburton kindergartens there is a standard fee of $4.00 per hour if you are accessing you 20 hours ECE at another ECE Centre.