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Help paying for childcare

Depending on how much you earn and how old your children are, your family may be able to get help with the cost of childcare.

Working for Families tax credit changes from 1 July 2020

From 1 July 2020, there will no longer be the requirement for working families to work a minimum number of hours. Find out more on the Inland Revenue website.

Support for families

For children under 5

20 hours free early childhood education

All 3, 4 and 5-year-olds can get free early childhood education for 6 hours a day, up to 20 hours a week.

Help paying for early childhood education

Childcare subsidy

If you have a dependant child who’s under 5 (or under 6 if you get a Child Disability Allowance for them), you might be able to get a childcare subsidy. 

Childcare subsidy

For children aged 5 to 13

You can get help with the costs of before school and after school programmes for up to 20 hours a week and school holiday programmes for up to 50 hours a week.

Out of school care and recreation (OSCAR) subsidy

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