Home Grown Kids offers 20 hours ECE as part of the Government Scheme. This means that education for your 3, 4 or 5 year old is a lot more affordable! **(5 year olds must not be enrolled in, or attending school)** We have a selection of Frequently Asked Questions below and we are also available on 0508 HG KIDS (0508 44 54 37) if your question isn't answered...please don't hesitate to call us.
You can also access all the information straight from Ministry on ECE Here.
Most HGK educators do not charge optional charges but do request a donation.
What is 20 Hours ECE?
20 Hours ECE (Early Childhood Education) is a Government subsidy available to 3, 4 or 5 year old children in participating Kohanga Reo and teacher-led services (kindergartens, centre-based and home-based). **(5 year olds must not be enrolled in, or attending school)** It has been designed to make Early Childhood Education more accessible for all Families: 20 Hours ECE is not income tested and everyone who has a 3 or 4 year old child is automatically entitled to use it.
By funding ECE, the Government is giving you more choices about your child's Early Childhood Education.
How does it work?
All 3,4 and 5 year olds (5 year okds not enrolled in, or attending school) at an ECE service giving this extra option (Like Home Grown Kids) can get 20 Hours ECE for up to 6 hours a day, up to 20 hours a week. This cannot be carried over to another week, be claimed on a public holiday or if your Nanny or Educator is unable to provide care on a booked day.
20 Hours ECE starts when a child turns 3 and finishes when they turn 5, or 6 if they are not enrolled in and attending school.
How do I get 20 Hours ECE?
Your child must be enrolled with us. You must decide which of the enrolled hours, up to a maximum of 6 per day and 20 hours per week, will be covered by 20 Hours ECE.
You must complete the Attestation Form supplied by Home Grown Kids. The Attestation Form is a legal document. By signing the Attestation Form you are confirming to the Ministry of Education:
- how many hours of 20 Hours ECE your child receives on each day of the week at Home Grown Kids and any other service they attend
- that your child does not attend more than the maximum hours allowed (20) across all the ECE services they attend per week
- that you understand you must change your child's Attestation Form every time you change your child's hours.
Can my child receive 20 Hours ECE at more than one service?
Yes. You will need to write on the Attestation Form how many hours of 20 Hours ECE your child will receive at each service. For example, your child attends Home Grown Kids for three hours in the morning, and another ECE for four hours in the afternoon. You must decide how to spread the six 20 Hours ECE hours between the two services and write this on the Attestation Form.
What if I'm in a shared custody arrangement?
If you have shared custody of your child and you each have separate ECE arrangements, you must ensure the Attestation Forms confirm that your child is not enrolled for more than 6 hours per day and more than 20 hours per week of 20 Hours ECE across all services the child attends.
If you have any questions please contact us.