Participation in high quality ECE has significant benefits for children and their future learning ability. ECE can positively impact literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills well into the teenage years. ECE also encourages the development of cognitive and attitudinal competencies, and leads to higher levels of achievement and better social outcomes.

ECE Participation has been identified as a key factor in supporting vulnerable children which has led to its inclusion in the Better Public Services Programme, launched in 2012. This Programme aims to increase participation in early childhood education to 98% of all new entrants by 2016 Prior ECE participation shows those students starting school that regularly participated in ECE prior to starting school.

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Prior participation in early childhood education by ethnic group and gender (2014-2016)
Ethnic group Gender Prior participation Number of new entrants Prior participation rate (%)
2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016 2014 2015 2016
Māori Female 29 26 37 30 26 37 96.7 100.0 100.0
Māori Male 28 23 28 29 24 28 96.6 95.8 100.0
Māori Total 57 49 65 59 50 65 96.6 98.0 100.0
Pacific Female 21 21 16 22 21 17 95.5 100.0 94.1
Pacific Male 21 13 22 21 16 22 100.0 81.3 100.0
Pacific Total 42 34 38 43 37 39 97.7 91.9 97.4
Asian Female 93 118 107 95 119 108 97.9 99.2 99.1
Asian Male 69 105 108 71 108 112 97.2 97.2 96.4
Asian Total 162 223 215 166 227 220 97.6 98.2 97.7
Other Female 10 12 8 12 13 9 83.3 92.3 88.9
Other Male 17 13 18 17 13 19 100.0 100.0 94.7
Other Total 27 25 26 29 26 28 93.1 96.2 92.9
European/Pākehā Female 287 294 284 287 295 284 100.0 99.7 100.0
European/Pākehā Male 312 287 265 313 288 266 99.7 99.7 99.6
European/Pākehā Total 599 581 549 600 583 550 99.8 99.7 99.8
Total Female 399 421 402 405 424 405 98.5 99.3 99.3
Total Male 413 399 385 417 406 390 99.0 98.3 98.7
Total Total 812 820 787 822 830 795 98.8 98.8 99.0
  1. ‘x’ = data has been suppressed where there are between 0 and 5 students in the denominator for a specific group, for example Asian Females. Where one gender has been suppressed the corresponding gender has also been suppressed. Please note schools with small numbers of new entrants (less than 20) often are subject to large fluctuations and may not provide a very reliable basis for comparison with other categories.
  2. Ethnicity is multiple response, that is, students who affiliated in more than one ethnic group have been counted in each ethnic group. Students are only counted once in the total, therefore, the ethnic groups may not sum to the total.
  3. The number of students with unknown prior ECE attendance has been excluded from both the numerator and denominator when calculating participation rates.