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 partner earn.
The child must be:
- aged either:
- under 5, or
- over 5 if the school has advised they can't start until the beginning of the term straight after their 5th birthday, or
- under 6 if you get a Child Disability Allowance for them
- attending an approved early childhood programme for 3 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.
Check if you can get Childcare Subsidy
To find out if you could get Childcare Subsidy and what else you might qualify for, use our 'Check what you might get' tool.
This information is a guide only.
Contact us to talk about your individual circumstances.