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 89 105 78 99 110 90 89.9 95.5 86.7
Māori Male 111 96 104 123 103 110 90.2 93.2 94.5
Māori Total 200 201 182 222 213 200 90.1 94.4 91.0
Pacific Female 176 207 176 200 227 200 88.0 91.2 88.0
Pacific Male 191 197 183 234 214 208 81.6 92.1 88.0
Pacific Total 367 404 359 434 441 408 84.6 91.6 88.0
Asian Female 47 72 69 49 74 70 95.9 97.3 98.6
Asian Male 77 72 69 79 74 71 97.5 97.3 97.2
Asian Total 124 144 138 128 148 141 96.9 97.3 97.9
Other Female 18 15 18 18 15 18 100.0 100.0 100.0
Other Male 15 11 19 15 12 19 100.0 91.7 100.0
Other Total 33 26 37 33 27 37 100.0 96.3 100.0
European/Pākehā Female 136 143 132 137 143 135 99.3 100.0 97.8
European/Pākehā Male 145 155 144 150 157 145 96.7 98.7 99.3
European/Pākehā Total 281 298 276 287 300 280 97.9 99.3 98.6
Total Female 395 432 396 427 457 430 92.5 94.5 92.1
Total Male 444 449 419 496 475 451 89.5 94.5 92.9
Total Total 839 881 815 923 932 881 90.9 94.5 92.5
  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.