About the data: Ministry of Education - early childhood education (ECE)

The Ministry of Education data represents the expenditure on teacher salaries and the operational grants paid to individual schools


Expenditure covered

The ECE expenditure figures include the following types of funding, funded by the Ministry of Education:

  • The ECE funding subsidy
  • 20 Hours ECE
  • Equity funding
  • Annual Top-up for Isolated Services (ATIS)
  • Support Grant for Provisionally Registered Teachers
  • Funding to playgroups.

More information on the first five funding types can be found in chapter 2.2 of the ECE Funding Handbook:

ECE Funding Handbook

Information on the funding to playgroups can be found in the Playgroup Funding Handbook:

Playgroup Funding Handbook

Financial year

ECE data is for the fiscal year, i.e. the year ending 30 June.

The figures for the ECE funding subsidy and 20 Hours ECE payments relate to the year that the hours of attendance being paid for occurred.

The figures for the other funding types relate to the year the money was paid.

Service types

ECE services are classified into the following service types:

  • Kindergarten
  • Playcentre
  • Kōhanga reo
  • Home-based service
  • Education and care service
  • Casual education and care service
  • Hospital-based service
  • Correspondence School
  • Playgroups and other services

These are described under the "ECE Service Types" heading in the glossary on the Education Counts website:

Education Counts website

Sensitive data

Information on playgroups in Women's Refuge centres is not provided in any way that can identify the name of the centres or where they may be. Their expenditure is provided only in an aggregated form at national level.

Data with no geographical information

Besides playgroups in Women's Refuge centres, geographical details are also not provided for three other groups of services.

  • Home-based services. The geographical information on these services frequently does not match where the service if provided; e.g. some large home-based services only provide address details of their head offices.
  • Correspondence School.
  • Geo-coded information is not available for some playgroups.

Apportionment of funding

There is no geographical restriction as to who attends an ECE service and children often attend from some distance away, which makes it difficult to estimate or even consider a catchment area for a service. Because attendance is likely to be highest from the area unit in which the ECE service is situated, the service's funding has been solely apportioned to that area unit for the purpose of these maps. This does not mean that children from outside the area are not using the service. Nor does it mean that children with no ECE service in their area are not accessing ECE services in other areas.