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 27 31 34 29 31 85.3 93.1 100.0
Māori Male 26 32 29 27 34 32 96.3 94.1 90.6
Māori Total 55 59 60 61 63 63 90.2 93.7 95.2
Pacific Female 94 101 96 100 113 98 94.0 89.4 98.0
Pacific Male 101 111 105 110 124 112 91.8 89.5 93.8
Pacific Total 195 212 201 210 237 210 92.9 89.5 95.7
Asian Female 162 137 154 164 138 158 98.8 99.3 97.5
Asian Male 171 151 178 173 156 179 98.8 96.8 99.4
Asian Total 333 288 332 337 294 337 98.8 98.0 98.5
Other Female 33 34 28 34 36 29 97.1 94.4 96.6
Other Male 45 30 45 47 32 45 95.7 93.8 100.0
Other Total 78 64 73 81 68 74 96.3 94.1 98.6
European/Pākehā Female 130 92 115 133 95 116 97.7 96.8 99.1
European/Pākehā Male 138 139 95 141 139 97 97.9 100.0 97.9
European/Pākehā Total 268 231 210 274 234 213 97.8 98.7 98.6
Total Female 399 342 377 413 359 385 96.6 95.3 97.9
Total Male 439 410 409 455 430 419 96.5 95.3 97.6
Total Total 838 752 786 868 789 804 96.5 95.3 97.8
  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.