Māori and Early Childhood Education

Number of ECE services

The overall number of licensed Early Childhood Education (ECE) services has been increasing in the last few years. In 2001, there were 3,450 ECE services in New Zealand; by 2008 there were 3,881 ECE services. This is an increase of 12.5 percent in the number of licensed ECE services in New Zealand between 2001 and 2008.

Graph 4: Number of ECE services, 2001-2008

Bar chart of number of ECE services for 2001, 2004 and 2008.

Source: Ministry of Education (2008). Annual Early Childhood Education Child and Staff Return.

Table 2: Number of licensed ECE service by type (2000-2008)

Table 2: Number of licensed ECE service by type (2000-2008)
Type of ECE service:200020012002200320042005200620072008
Kindergarten600603606609614618619618622
Playcentre517503492482481482474466 464
Education and care centres147615581612167317301754 18421932 2047
Te Kōhanga Reo583562545526513501486470 467
Homebased networks180184194190192201202227 244
Correspondence School11111111 1
Casual-education and care4539384243414136 36
Total34023450348835233574359836653750 3881

Source: Ministry of Education (2008). Annual Early Childhood Education Child and Staff Return.

Between 2000 and 2008 there has been a slow decrease in the number of licensed Te Kōhanga Reo from 583 services to 467 services throughout New Zealand; in contrast there has been a steady increase in the number of licensed education and care centres during the same period from 1,476 to 2,047 services throughout New Zealand.

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