Childcare Subsidy is a payment that helps families with the cost of pre-school childcare.
All payments are automatically stopped when the programme you use closes for Christmas holidays and are restarted when the centre reopens.
Who can get it
You may get a Childcare Subsidy if:
- you're the main carer of a dependent child
- you're a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident
- your family is on a low or middle income.
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 approved early childhood programme for three or more hours a week.
Approved programmes include early childhood education and care services, eg:
- kindergartens and preschools
- childcare centres and creches
- playcentres and playgroups
- Kohanga Reo, Punanga Reo, Aoga and other programmes with a language and culture focus
- approved home-based care.
This information is a guide only.
Contact us to talk about your individual circumstances.