McKenzie Centre - Realising a child's potential - Early intervention for children with special needs - Te Whare Awhina o nga Kohungahunga Haua



Families and Whānau at McKenzie Centre, Update 11 May 2020


Kia ora whanau

The message from the government is Play it Safe, COVID 19 is still out there. The messages below are to help everyone at McKenzie Centre be safe. 

McKenzie Centre is open for sessions from Monday 18 May 2020. 

If you are unable to return to McKenzie Centre, then Distance Learning with your Key Worker remains available. 

At all times we will follow the public health measures under Alert Level 2. 

At McKenzie Centre, and as a community, we are all required to eliminate health and safety risks where possible. Where this is not possible we must provide the highest level of control.

Together we need to use new practices and if we follow these we have our best chance of stopping the spread of the virus. 

    Wash hands, wash hands, wash hands and dry them thoroughly too! 20 seconds is the golden rule

    Stay at home if you, or your child, is sick. If someone comes to the Centre that is unwell, we will be asking you to go home. This is a key message so please stay at home if you are unwell

    If you have symptoms of cold or flu, stay at home, call your doctor or Healthline and get tested

    Our indoor temperature must be set to 18 degrees Celsius

    It is difficult to maintain physical distancing with young children so good hygiene practice is really important

    Hand sanitiser is available by the sign in areas. Sanitise your hands before you go into the playroom

    Hand sanitiser is readily available and so is soap and water in our bathrooms. Hand washing must be part of your routine 

    Cough and sneeze into your elbow

    Children must have their own food containers and not share food

    Outdoor areas can be used

    We clean our surfaces at least daily and our cleaners also focus on this  

    You must sign in, and record who is at McKenzie Centre with your child. This way we can record contacts if tracing is required

    Make sure we have your current phone number

    Personal Protection Equipment is not required, but please use this if it makes you comfortable  

    If you have been told to self-isolate you must do so immediately

    Keep a track of where you have been and who you have seen

If McKenzie Centre becomes connected to a confirmed or probable case of COVID 19 then we will close for 72 hours, to allow contact tracing, and then potentially for a further 14 days. If this occurs we will contact you by email, Facebook or phone calls. 

We welcome your feedback, working in partnership at Alert Level 2 is new learning for all of us. So please share with your Key Worker any concerns or ideas you have to ensure everyone’s safety. We will review what we are doing weekly so your feedback can help us to make different decisions. 

Be Safe and Be Kind

Nga mihi

Trisha and the team at McKenzie Centre 

Have a look at our wonderful video about McKenzie Centre and what we do. Thanks to everyone who contributed. Feel free to share and help spread the word about us.



At McKenzie Centre, we provide specialist Early Intervention for pre-school children who have special needs, and their families, throughout the greater Hamilton area.  We are also a licensed Early Childhood Centre.  


 Why is Early Intervention important?

Young children learn and develop differently.  One child may talk earlier than others.  Another child might walk later.  Often, these differences will even out over time.  But some children will need extra support.

You may see signs which indicate your child might need extra support.  If you suspect your child does have a delay, the earlier you get help, the better, and Early Intervention can make a difference.



Any child aged from birth to school age who has a physical or learning developmental delay or is behind in at least two areas of development such as:

●          Physical – includes vision and hearing, gross or fine motor skills.

●          Cognitive – play skills, attention, memory, problem solving, sorting skills and visual perception.

●          Communication – how the child understands what is said and how the child uses sounds, words or gestures to let others know what he/she wants.

●          Social/Emotional – the child's ability to interact, respond and engage in social situations.

●          Self Help – including feeding, toileting and dressing skills.


We have specific expertise with children who have conditions such as:

Spina Bifida

ASD -Autism Spectrum Disorder

Cerebral Palsy - including Hemiplegia


Chromosomal Syndromes - e.g. Down Syndrome, Cri du Chat, Soto

Visual Impairment

Global Developmental Delay - GDD

Head Injuries and Acquired brain disorders


Perceptual disorders

Balance and coordination difficulties

 Purpose - 2020

Realising a child's potential








Please be vigilant when entering or reversing out of the car park area, as it can be very hard to spot little people there. Thank you!