Appendix 2: Sample of early learning services and schools

ERO’s findings about oral language responsiveness are based on the analysis of data gathered from 167 early learning services and 104 schools. The sample of services and schools (according to type) is detailed in Tables 1 and 2.

Table 1. Sample of early learning services in this evaluation58

Early learning services (by type)

 

Number

 

Percentage of sample

National percentage of services as at 31 March 2016

Education and care services

 

87

 

52

 

62

Kindergartens

65

39

16

Playcentres

9

5

11

Home-based education and care services

 

6

 

4

 

11

Total

167

100

100

This sample is not representative of national figures. Kindergartens are overrepresented, and Playcentres and home-based education and care services are under-represented. These differences are statistically significant.59

Table 2. Sample of schools in this evaluation60

 

Schools (by type)

 

Number

 

Percentage of sample

National percentage of schools as at 31 March 2016

Contributing primary

 

63

 

60

 

54

Full primary

35

34

38

Composite

6

6

8

Total

104

100

100

This sample is representative of national figures for school type.

 


 

58        Ngā Kāhanga Reo were not included in the sample for this evaluation.

59        The differences between observed and expected values in Tables 1 and 2 were tested using a Chi square test. The level of statistical significance for all statistical tests in this report was  p<0.05.

60        Kura and wharekura were not included in this evaluation.