2011 data for ECE services in Christchurch, Selwyn and Waimakariri
Since the February earthquakes there have been big shifts in the population of Canterbury.
Many families with young children have moved, but there is little demographic or residence data available about the 0 to 4 year old population.
There is a need to plan for future early childhood education provision in Canterbury. Anecdotal reports indicate that the demand for early childhood education (ECE) will have changed following the earthquakes. Families may have moved, or they may want to have ECE services closer to their work places, or parents may not want to be away from younger children. The Ministry of Education wants to respond quickly in the coming months to changes in demand, particularly with regard to a rapid expansion in the construction workforce.
We have collected and processed the RS61 Annual ECE Child and Staff Return census data from Christchurch City, Waimakariri District and Selwyn District. Provisional information is now available.
Publishing this provisional data should help to plan for where and how ECE services are provided in earthquake affected areas.
It should also help ECE services in these areas to make decisions about their service and how they operate. For example, whether to increase the license maximum number of child places.
Prospective ECE providers will be more informed in making decisions about where and how to open new ECE services according to demand, and what type of service to offer.
Instructions on the how to use and filter the provisional data area are included in the data set below. The instructions include how to select an area of interest for those using it eg, show only services in Addington.
More information about the ECE census, including data collection forms, is available on Education Counts.