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 101 138 111 113 153 115 89.4 90.2 96.5
Māori Male 130 157 125 144 167 133 90.3 94.0 94.0
Māori Total 231 295 236 257 320 248 89.9 92.2 95.2
Pacific Female 346 404 322 384 451 362 90.1 89.6 89.0
Pacific Male 431 402 388 460 436 422 93.7 92.2 91.9
Pacific Total 777 806 710 844 887 784 92.1 90.9 90.6
Asian Female 150 166 133 155 169 138 96.8 98.2 96.4
Asian Male 176 160 148 179 165 149 98.3 97.0 99.3
Asian Total 326 326 281 334 334 287 97.6 97.6 97.9
Other Female x 11 21 4 12 21 x 91.7 100.0
Other Male x 15 4 18 15 8 x 100.0 50.0
Other Total 21 26 25 22 27 29 95.5 96.3 86.2
European/Pākehā Female 57 49 48 59 51 48 96.6 96.1 100.0
European/Pākehā Male 57 65 44 60 67 45 95.0 97.0 97.8
European/Pākehā Total 114 114 92 119 118 93 95.8 96.6 98.9
Total Female 578 664 537 629 723 583 91.9 91.8 92.1
Total Male 697 663 610 741 709 654 94.1 93.5 93.3
Total Total 1,275 1,327 1,147 1,370 1,432 1,237 93.1 92.7 92.7
  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.