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 21 September 2020


Kia ora whānau

Congratulations, we have all made it to Alert Level 1. As our Prime Minister has said, this is a team effort, so well done everyone! COVID 19 is still out there so we need to continue with some important health and safety rules to keep us safe.

The Golden Rules for us at Level 1

  • If you’re sick, stay home. Don’t go to work or school. Don’t socialise.

•             If you have cold or flu symptoms call your doctor or Healthline (0800 358 5453) and make sure you get tested.

•             Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Wash your hands. Thoroughly! 

•             Sneeze and cough into your elbow, and regularly disinfect shared surfaces.

•             If you are told by health authorities to self-isolate you must do so immediately.

•             If you’re concerned about your wellbeing, or have underlying health conditions, work with your GP to understand how best to stay healthy.

•             Keep track of where you’ve been and who you’ve seen to help contact tracing if needed. Use the NZ COVID Tracer app as a handy way of doing this.

•             Businesses should help people keep track of their movements by displaying the Ministry of Health QR Code for contact tracing. McKenzie Centre has one of these displayed on our door. 

•             Stay vigilant. There is still a global pandemic going on. People and businesses should be prepared to act fast to step up Alert Levels if we have to.

•             People will have had different experiences over the last couple of months. Whatever you’re feeling — it’s okay. Be kind to others. Be kind to yourself.


Alongside the Golden Rules for everyone, at McKenzie Centre we will continue thorough cleaning of our toys and environment, in particular our high touch areas.  

Please do wash your hands before coming into the building. 

If children put toys into their mouth, please put them into the mesh bag beside the water trough. 


If you have updated your contact information see Henny at the office so we keep up to date records. 

Take care, and if you have any questions or concerns do talk to your Key Worker or Trisha.

Ngā mihi


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!