Participation in early childhood education

The data in this indicator is no longer being updated.

Stats NZ is developing well-being indicators, Indicators Aotearoa New Zealand - Ngā Tūtohu Aotearoa, to track New Zealand’s progress. As the well-being indicators have similar aims to the NZ Progress Indicators and NZ Social Indicators, we are reviewing the future of these existing indicators.

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Why is this important for social statistics?

Participating in early childhood education benefits children’s learning.

The education children get before they start school may help their literacy, numeracy, and problem-solving skills. It benefits students well into their teenage years. High-quality early childhood education (ECE) can lead to higher levels of achievement and better social outcomes. (See Education counts – Publications.)

This indicator measures prior participation in ECE – that is, children who attended ECE in the six months before they started school.

The data in the graphs includes all New Zealand citizens or residents who started school in the 12 months before the end of the month shown.

Downloadable file:

excel icon. Participation in early childhood education – tables (Excel, 3 sheets, 25kb)

Includes breakdowns by ethnic group, sex, and OECD country.

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