Office of Pre-Primary Education and Childcare

 

Follow us on FacebookFollow us on Twitteryoutube

Member Login

Member Login

 

Supporting children with additional needs - help for teachers

© ChildForum

 

caring and teaching children with additional needs - image of down syndrome childAs every child is unique in an early childhood setting, some of our children who attend will have additional needs. These could be physical differences, such as children with cerebral palsy or who are vision or hearing impaired; or it could be less visible conditions such as autism spectrum disorders or behavioural difficulties. Regardless of the type of additional needs a child has, it is important that all learners are given the support and guidance they require to engage and achieve in early childhood education.

 

WHAT SUPPORT IS THERE AND HOW CAN IT BE ACCESSED?

The Ministry of Education provides Learning Support for children with additional needs on a case-by-case basis. In order to access this support, services are required to submit a request for learning support, which has been authorised by a parent or caregiver. The request with then be assessed by the Learning Support team and, if approved, the child will be put on a waiting list for learning support.

See also the information for parents on financial assistance and support for a child with learning needs.

Waiting lists for learning support can be several months depending on demand, therefore it is important to be aware that other strategies will need to be implemented whilst on the waiting list.

Note: At present, the Ministry of Education is rolling out a new model for delivering learning support. This model will focus on clusters of schools, kura, early childhood services and kōhanga reo; these clusters will include learning support coordinators who will work in conjunction with the Ministry of Education and other agencies and providers to identify support needs for the cluster areas and to suggest flexible strategies for building on good practice. One aspect of the cluster model is to provide strategies that can support whole services to implement strategies to help a wider range of learners. As this model is in its early stages, and the first stage will only be rolled out to schools and kura, it is too early to guage its effectiveness.

 

Contents

  1. An outline and discussion of the various struggles teachers face due to policy, funding, staffing, ... issues
  2. The various and important things teachers/ home educators can and should do to support children with additional needs
  3. What can employers or service providers do to help? 


To keep reading, login with your member's username and password Smile

Or click on the blue button below to join 

Free E-Newsletter

Receive the free Early Childhood Alert.

captcha 

We hate spam as much as you, we will not sell your contact details to anyone.

You can unsubscribe at any time.

Read our Privacy Policy here.

Don’t miss out any longer, click the button below to join ChildForum

Join Us!

child-with-binoculars-small

 

Subscribe now for information you can trust, expert advice and research, as well as access to quality resources. 

We are confident you will be delighted to discover and experience the benefits of membership - so join now and make this message for non-members disappear from your screen. 

Membership Options

Individual
Member

Who is this for?
Teachers, Caregivers, Teacher Educators, Policy Advisors - any indivdual with an interest in ECE

$98.00 12 months from the date of joining
$60.00 6 months student-only

Choose your own personal username and password
(Note that this membership does not give access to specialist ECE Service members-only info and support) 

ECE Service Organisation
Member

Who is this for?
Centres, home-based, hospital-based, playgroups ... established or newly licensed.

$198.00 12 months per standalone licensed service
Special rates for organisations with more than 1 licensed service

This membership gives access to professional & research materials enjoyed by individual members PLUS ECE service management area info and support. 

Library NZ-International Research
in ECE Journal Subscriber

Who is this for?
Universities, Polytechnics and organisations wishing to have online access to the NZ-Int Research in ECE journal (includes all past and current issues) 

$125.00 annual subscription, renewable in November each year

A username and password for your library users linked to your IP address.