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 122 128 126 146 141 140 83.6 90.8 90.0
Māori Male 136 152 136 161 170 152 84.5 89.4 89.5
Māori Total 258 280 262 307 311 292 84.0 90.0 89.7
Pacific Female 390 488 466 464 546 517 84.1 89.4 90.1
Pacific Male 447 491 418 530 564 479 84.3 87.1 87.3
Pacific Total 837 979 884 994 1,110 996 84.2 88.2 88.8
Asian Female 78 76 82 82 77 85 95.1 98.7 96.5
Asian Male 91 84 78 95 87 80 95.8 96.6 97.5
Asian Total 169 160 160 177 164 165 95.5 97.6 97.0
Other Female 8 10 12 9 10 13 88.9 100.0 92.3
Other Male 8 7 5 8 9 5 100.0 77.8 100.0
Other Total 16 17 17 17 19 18 94.1 89.5 94.4
European/Pākehā Female 51 68 59 52 71 64 98.1 95.8 92.2
European/Pākehā Male 47 70 75 51 70 77 92.2 100.0 97.4
European/Pākehā Total 98 138 134 103 141 141 95.1 97.9 95.0
Total Female 553 652 623 650 720 685 85.1 90.6 90.9
Total Male 638 692 606 742 781 681 86.0 88.6 89.0
Total Total 1,191 1,344 1,229 1,392 1,501 1,366 85.6 89.5 90.0
  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.