Waikato kids embrace early childhood education

The region's children are slightly above the national average for early childhood education participation, latest Ministry of Education figures show.

Overall, 95.8 per cent of Waikato children have participated in early childhood education (ECE) by the time they start school, just above the national average of 95.7 per cent.

While participation remains lowest for Maori (92.1 per cent) and Pasifika (92.7 per cent) children, Maori had the highest increase in participation between 2009 and last year.

ECE participation for European/Pakeha children in the Waikato is sitting right on the Government's national target of 98 per cent overall.