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 127 122 118 140 139 130 90.7 87.8 90.8
Māori Male 139 118 136 155 133 142 89.7 88.7 95.8
Māori Total 266 240 254 295 272 272 90.2 88.2 93.4
Pacific Female 463 422 377 516 468 425 89.7 90.2 88.7
Pacific Male 418 458 446 479 519 483 87.3 88.2 92.3
Pacific Total 881 880 823 995 987 908 88.5 89.2 90.6
Asian Female 86 68 66 90 70 70 95.6 97.1 94.3
Asian Male 77 84 82 79 84 82 97.5 100.0 100.0
Asian Total 163 152 148 169 154 152 96.4 98.7 97.4
Other Female 12 10 7 13 11 7 92.3 90.9 100.0
Other Male 6 6 7 6 7 9 100.0 85.7 77.8
Other Total 18 16 14 19 18 16 94.7 88.9 87.5
European/Pākehā Female 59 61 58 64 64 60 92.2 95.3 96.7
European/Pākehā Male 74 69 72 76 71 74 97.4 97.2 97.3
European/Pākehā Total 133 130 130 140 135 134 95.0 96.3 97.0
Total Female 623 578 526 687 639 586 90.7 90.5 89.8
Total Male 607 628 612 682 698 655 89.0 90.0 93.4
Total Total 1,230 1,206 1,138 1,369 1,337 1,241 89.8 90.2 91.7
  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.