Realising a child's potential

We value care, and at McKenzie Centre, you will become part of a community of support, and develop relationships with our team of specialists as well as other children and families. We are constantly creating innovative approaches to meet the needs of whānau.

We value respect, and use a family centred approach which is evidence based, and encourages family participation, because you spend the most time with your child and have the biggest impact on their learning and development. We work with you towards the goals which are important to you, so that your family is empowered.

We value partnership, because when we work as a team around your child, the best results are achieved. We use a transdisciplinary approach to early intervention, where each family has a key worker and we add new  members to the child and family’s team as needed, to support a high-quality service. Our team are on site which ensures you get the best outcomes all in one place.

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For Children

McKenzie Centre offers a variety of programmes for children, delivered in partnership with families/whanau. Our services are delivered by a team of passionate and skilled therapists, teachers, education support workers and tuakana (peer workers). Our specialists can provide you with information and skills relating to their professional background. We can also link with other agencies in the community when this is required.

Our practical services and support help children and families to enjoy and use the time they spend together, every day, as valuable learning opportunities.

We offer:

Early Intervention Sessions: Meet with our highly skilled team to talk about your child’s development and create the right plan for your child and family. Learn through play, which research has shown is the most effective way to engage children, and by using everyday (naturally occurring) routines. Sessions are a safe place to connect with other families to share information and experiences. Our early intervention sessions and programmes are planned using Te Whāriki- the New Zealand Early Childhood Curriculum – which all licensed early childhood centre’s must adhere to.

Early Intervention Play Groups: These are fun and interactive groups facilitated by our skilled team, and are a fabulous environment for children to learn new skills.  They are also an important way for parents to connect with other families, as well as the McKenzie Centre team, and take place in a play environment where the whole family is welcome.

Behaviour Support: All behaviour is a form of communication. This service will help you to understand your child’s behaviour, and to then develop a practical plan and implement a strategy to address any challenges.

Visits to Early Childhood Centres: To support inclusion, ensure shared planning processes and support the team around the child to have the right skills and knowledge to successfully implement your child’s Individual Plan and learning goals.

Fee for Service: In certain situations, individual services can be arranged.  This will be dependent on need and staff availability.

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For Families

McKenzie Centre supports the whole family through courses, events and workshops. Families are the key decision makers for their child, and we aim to support them in this role by creating opportunities for them to share their knowledge and skills, as parents to other parents, and to access valuable training from our specialised team. Everyone is welcome at our workshops: extended whānau, grandparents, early childhood teachers and school teachers.

Families Empowering Families (FEF): Incubated by McKenzie Centre, FEF is a new initiative which fosters peer workers, or tuakana, in early childhood intervention. FEF is an evolving group of parents supporting other parents to create unique benefits to families of young children with disabilities and developmental delay through the sharing of experiences that complement existing services. Peer networks have enormous potential to build collective capacity amongst parents and significantly impact our community.

Pictability: An innovative way to envision and plan goals for your child, yourself and your family. Created by Plumtree Learning, Sydney, Australia.

Now and Next: A ground breaking parent led programme from Plumtree Learning, Sydney, Australia, which teaches families how to set goals and achieve them.

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Children typically attend both McKenzie Centre and an early childhood centre in their local area. We support inclusion at other early childhood centres through visits, information and advice. Some children are eligible for additional support at their early childhood centres and, if this is the case, McKenzie Centre can employ an Education Support Worker (ESW) for them.

At McKenzie Centre, we provide focused support for transitions from early childhood centres to schools, so that the experience is well-planned and prepared by the team supporting the child, to achieve a more successful result.

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Communication programmes

Hanen© Programmes: It takes Two to Talk, More than Words and Talkability.  Hanen© programmes are evidence based programmes that teach parents how to develop their child’s communication skills.

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Equipment Prescription

Consultations to assess, select and adjust specialised equipment or housing modification services for young children.

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Alternative Communication - AAC

We have access to a range of equipment, tools and strategies to enhance and develop communication and learning skills. We can also link to other resource organisations.



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McKenzie Centre fees

Our Early Intervention fees are:

These fees can be covered by the Work and Income childcare subsidy, if your family qualifies (income tested).  Please talk to your Key Worker, or the Admin team, about how to apply.

Siblings are welcome to attend and there is no charge for this.

An invoice will be sent to you each term and payments may be made by direct credit or internet banking, cheque or cash to the Admin team (sorry, we do not have EFTPOS).

Our bank account number is:

McKenzie Centre Trust  02 0316 0466333 00

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