Understanding attendance; results from the 2017 Early Childhood Education census

Publication Details

This report analyses key aspects of the Early Childhood Education (ECE) sector in 2017 (including ngā kōhanga reo), as well as trends over the previous decade. It summarises results from the June 2017 annual census of ECE services and kōhanga reo, and data from other sources, which are all published on Education Counts.

Author(s): Ministry of Education.

Date Published: October 2018

Key Findings

  • Overall, 65.5% of New Zealand children aged 0 to 4 years attended a service in 2017.
  • Average number of hours per week attended by under one year olds has steadily declined from 2013 to 2017. It has held steady at just below 17 hours per week for the last two years.
  • When compared to 2016, the proportion of children attending from 21 to 42 hours a week has grown from 38% to 40% in 2017, while those attending less than 15 hours remained steady at 34%.
  • Regionally, Auckland has the highest average weekly hours with children attending for 23.4 hours, while Tasman has the lowest with 15.5 hours.
  • The percentage of children attending teacher-led centre-based services, funded at the 80%+ rate, increased from 41% in 2005 to 79% in 2017. This percentage has remained steady at around 78% since 2013.

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