Growth in early childhood education (ECE) services in New Zealand is still high, but is well down on where it was between 2007 and 2010, according to these statistics on annual ECE growth.
There were 4,292 licensed early childhood education (ECE) services in 31 December 2013, up 2.0% from the previous year and 17.7% from five years before. Growth is still high, but is well down on where it was between 2007 and 2010.
This growth more than matched growth of the underlying population of 0 to 4 year-olds. The number of services per child grew by 2.8% over the last year and 12.7% over the last five years.
Less than half of ECE services have waiting times. Waiting times rose between 2002 and 2008, but have since fallen and are now the lowest they have been.