The Well Child programme is a package of universal health services offered free to all New Zealand families/whānau for children from birth to 5 years.  The programme includes 12 core contacts as well as a general practitioner check at 6 weeks, linked to the 6-week immunisations.

The early years of life set the foundation for lifelong health and wellbeing. The Well Child services help families/whānau to improve and protect their children’s health. They also serve as an important gateway to targeted and specialist health, education and social services for children and families/whānau with additional needs.

The Well Child services aim to:

  • provide you with the knowledge and skills to respond to your child’s needs at the different stages of their development
  • provide reassurance that your child is developing normally, through growth and development assessments
  • inform you about, and provide immunisation
  • support and help you to identify your needs as a parent, and link you with community and other services.

Who does Well Child checks?

Well Child services are provided by a number of people. These include:

  • Lead maternity carers (LMCs — includes midwives, obstetricians and general practitioners)
  • Registered nurses
  • Nurse practitioners
  • General practitioners
  • Paediatricians
  • Community health workers, Karitane and Kaiāwhina
  • Vision and hearing technicians (VHTs)
  • Newborn hearing screeners
  • Authorised vaccinators.


Child / Tamariki, Adult / Pakeke

How do I access this service?

Contact us, Make an appointment, Referral


No fees apply

Services Provided

Family / whānau, Mother and child / Māmā and pēpi


Bay of Plenty, Canterbury, Central Auckland, Central Lakes, East Auckland, Hawkes Bay, Hutt, Lakes, MidCentral, Nelson Marlborough, North Auckland, Northland, Dunedin - South Otago, South Auckland, South Canterbury, Southland, Tairāwhiti, Taranaki, Waikato, Wairarapa, Waitaki, Wellington, West Auckland, West Coast, Whanganui

Contact Details

Please click here to find a Well Child Provider in your local region or suburb

This page was last updated at 4:15PM on November 19, 2019.