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 (2016-2018)
Ethnic group Gender Prior participation Number of new entrants Prior participation rate (%)
2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018
Māori Female 62 51 45 68 53 52 91.2 96.2 86.5
Māori Male 80 61 62 81 65 68 98.8 93.8 91.2
Māori Total 142 112 107 149 118 120 95.3 94.9 89.2
Pacific Female 111 111 120 125 118 137 88.8 94.1 87.6
Pacific Male 155 125 127 173 134 142 89.6 93.3 89.4
Pacific Total 266 236 247 298 252 279 89.3 93.7 88.5
Asian Female 139 127 142 146 134 148 95.2 94.8 95.9
Asian Male 140 179 136 151 184 140 92.7 97.3 97.1
Asian Total 279 306 278 297 318 288 93.9 96.2 96.5
Other Female 32 37 50 38 39 53 84.2 94.9 94.3
Other Male 36 25 40 39 27 43 92.3 92.6 93.0
Other Total 68 62 90 77 66 96 88.3 93.9 93.8
European/Pākehā Female 126 109 126 128 111 129 98.4 98.2 97.7
European/Pākehā Male 135 118 136 136 125 137 99.3 94.4 99.3
European/Pākehā Total 261 227 262 264 236 266 98.9 96.2 98.5
Total Female 404 365 401 437 384 432 92.4 95.1 92.8
Total Male 454 427 410 486 449 436 93.4 95.1 94.0
Total Total 858 792 811 923 833 868 93.0 95.1 93.4
  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.