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 122 155 101 137 169 111 89.1 91.7 91.0
Māori Male 142 148 131 159 166 144 89.3 89.2 91.0
Māori Total 264 303 232 296 335 255 89.2 90.4 91.0
Pacific Female 379 410 346 421 443 385 90.0 92.6 89.9
Pacific Male 387 420 430 432 459 458 89.6 91.5 93.9
Pacific Total 766 830 776 853 902 843 89.8 92.0 92.1
Asian Female 163 158 145 168 163 150 97.0 96.9 96.7
Asian Male 131 149 167 136 153 169 96.3 97.4 98.8
Asian Total 294 307 312 304 316 319 96.7 97.2 97.8
Other Female 14 6 x 14 6 4 100.0 100.0 x
Other Male 10 14 x 11 16 18 90.9 87.5 x
Other Total 24 20 21 25 22 22 96.0 90.9 95.5
European/Pākehā Female 45 55 57 47 57 59 95.7 96.5 96.6
European/Pākehā Male 53 60 58 53 62 61 100.0 96.8 95.1
European/Pākehā Total 98 115 115 100 119 120 98.0 96.6 95.8
Total Female 637 668 573 696 717 624 91.5 93.2 91.8
Total Male 639 685 687 703 743 729 90.9 92.2 94.2
Total Total 1,276 1,353 1,260 1,399 1,460 1,353 91.2 92.7 93.1
  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.