Supporting children and their families/whanau

A young family

We provide a wide range of support to children and their family/whanau, including;

  • providing information about government and community services,
  • helping identify and access the supports that are best for them,
  • coordinating grief and family counselling,
  • coordinating access to support for siblings,
  • helping families/whanau to work with government agencies like Work and Income, the Ministry of Health, hospitals and Child, Youth & Family,
  • advocating to schools and health professionals,
  • supporting families/whanau at milestone steps in their child’s life – the start of preschool, primary and secondary school – and leaving school for the wider world.

If you want to know more about how we could help you, please contact us. Some services may require a referral from the Needs Assessment & Service Coordination agency; Access Ability.

Early Intervention (Dunedin only)

We provide an Early Intervention Service in Dunedin for children aged between three and five who are attending an early childhood centre and need additional support. Our Early Intervention Coordinator, a qualified early childhood teacher, can also offer families of pre-schoolers advice about play and child development. She also supports families when children are preparing to go to school. To find out more about this service please contact our Otago Branch.

Toy Library

Our Toy Library in Invercargill is open to families of all children. For a small fee, families can borrow a wide range of toys to help with play and learning. For more information contact our Southland branch.