Your child at ECE

Choosing an ECE service

When you are looking for an early learning service, there can be a number of options to choose from, particularly if you live in a city or large town. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you're making your decision.

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Enrolling and starting your child

You enrol your child directly with the early childhood education (ECE) service or kōhanga reo. Different ECE services and kōhanga reo will have different procedures, so ask them about theirs.

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Getting to and from ECE

Depending on whether you’ve chosen an early learning service close to home, family or work, you may have a number of options to get to and from the service.

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When your child needs special education support

If your child has special education needs you might need extra support.

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Moving on to school

Children can start school or kura in New Zealand anytime between the ages of 5 and 6. Once they turn 6 they must be enrolled and attend a school or kura every day.

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