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 72 70 61 76 76 67 94.7 92.1 91.0
Māori Male 63 63 80 71 75 80 88.7 84.0 100.0
Māori Total 135 133 141 147 151 147 91.8 88.1 95.9
Pacific Female 156 136 111 164 149 125 95.1 91.3 88.8
Pacific Male 130 152 156 146 166 174 89.0 91.6 89.7
Pacific Total 286 288 267 310 315 299 92.3 91.4 89.3
Asian Female 113 142 131 120 147 138 94.2 96.6 94.9
Asian Male 142 143 135 152 146 143 93.4 97.9 94.4
Asian Total 255 285 266 272 293 281 93.8 97.3 94.7
Other Female 20 21 30 25 25 35 80.0 84.0 85.7
Other Male 24 31 30 31 37 33 77.4 83.8 90.9
Other Total 44 52 60 56 62 68 78.6 83.9 88.2
European/Pākehā Female 149 174 127 152 181 129 98.0 96.1 98.4
European/Pākehā Male 153 142 134 154 144 135 99.4 98.6 99.3
European/Pākehā Total 302 316 261 306 325 264 98.7 97.2 98.9
Total Female 445 467 394 470 498 426 94.7 93.8 92.5
Total Male 446 462 443 485 496 472 92.0 93.1 93.9
Total Total 891 929 837 955 994 898 93.3 93.5 93.2
  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.