Early years

Research shows that children who are involved in quality early childhood education (ECE) benefit in many ways, and that these benefits also extend to their family/whānau and the wider community.

Taking part in ECE builds a strong foundation for your child’s ongoing education, learning and development. Children learn lots of new skills by participating in ECE, building on the skills they learn at home and from their families/whānau.

This section contains information on choosing an ECE service, what your child will learn, the focus of ECE in New Zealand and what you can expect from an ECE service. There are also links to more information and resources to help you support your child’s learning.

Content last updated: 3 March 2014