Appendix 1: Sample of early learning services

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Table 1: Service type

Service Type

Number of services in sample

Percentage of services in sample

National percentage of services

Home-based

17

6%

9%

Playcentre

23

8%

11%

Kindergarten

40

14%

17%

Education and Care Service

210

72%

63%

Total

290

100%

100%

As shown in Table 1 this sample was closely representative of national figures. Kindergartens, Playcentres and home-based education and care services are under-represented. These differences are statistically significant.4

Table 2: Location

Location

Number of services in sample

Percentage of services in sample

National percentage of services

Main Urban Area

217

75%

74%

Minor Urban Area

27

9%

11%

Secondary Urban Area

22

8%

6%

Rural Area

24

8%

9%

Total

290

100%

100%

As shown in Table 2 this sample was representative of national figures. These differences are not statistically significant.

Table 3: ERO return time

Return Time

Percentage of services in sample

Not well placed

Next review in consultation with the Ministry of Education

1%

Requires further development

(within 2 years)

10%

Well placed

3 years

80%

Very well placed

4 years

9%

Total

100%


[4]   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.