Childcare Subsidy

Childcare Subsidy is a payment that helps families with the cost of pre-school childcare.

Who can get it

You may get a Childcare Subsidy if you are:

  • the main carer of a dependent child
  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident.

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 early childhood programme for three or more hours a week.

A Childcare Subsidy is normally paid for up to nine hours of childcare a week. In some situations you may be able to get up to 50 hours a week. We can tell you about these situations when you contact us.

If you are claiming 20 hours Early Childhood Education you can’t get Childcare Subsidy for those hours.

This information is a guide only. Contact us to talk about your individual circumstances.

How much you can get

For more information

If you'd like more information read:

For more detail go to our:

Are you eligible?

Check what you might get

Find out if you might get this benefit, and what other financial assistance may be available to you.

How to apply

Apply online for financial assistance

Complete your application form for financial assistance online.

If you don’t want to complete the form online you can print out and complete the appropriate application form below.

If you can’t print these forms out we’ll send an application form to you or you can complete it when you come in to see us.

We can grant you the financial assistance you’re entitled to from the date you first contact us if you complete your application within 20 working days of that date.

Contact us for more information

On a benefit