Wellington Children’s Hospital (Paediatric)
Child Development Service (CDS)
The Child Development Service provides:
Assessments and interventions for children from birth to 16 years of age where there is a concern regarding:
- An identified disability
- Development delay / difficulties
- Risk of developmental delay / difficulties
Assessment and provision of equipment needed for home. This service includes children who are eligible for education based therapy funding.
It is a free service for New Zealand citizens or those who are entitled to publicly funded healthcare. To check if you will need to pay, visit the Ministry of Health website www.moh.govt.nz/eligibility
An interpretation service is available by arrangement.
The team includes:
- Team Leader
- Administration staff
- Team Assistants
- Clinical Psychologists
- Developmental Paediatricians
- Occupational Therapists
- Paediatric Registrar
- Social Worker
- Speech Language Therapists
- Visiting Neurodevelopmental Therapists
The service has a multi-disciplinary approach and provides:
Assessment of a child’s development using standardised assessments, observation and discussion with the family to identify strengths and areas of difficulty. Areas may include:
- Gross / Fine motor skills
- Specialised equipment
- Diagnosis / Medical
- Speech / language
- Play and learning
- Cognitive functioning
Intervention / Therapy
Intervention is planned with the child and family to meet their identified needs. Service members see children at the child development centres, or where appropriate at home, pre-school or school.
Support & Liaison
Service members can help families access information, support and other services. The service has links with community services and education providers.
The referral area is the greater Wellington C&C DHB area including the Kapiti coast to Waikanae. A tertiary service for complex reviews is provided for children out of this area; this requires a referral from a Paediatrician.
Referrals need to be made by a doctor, other health professional, or a needs assessor from Capital Support.
Parent consent must be given before a referral is made.
Referrals are received by the pathway co-ordinator, and, if accepted, allocated to the most appropriate team member/s. Families will receive a letter advising them of the clinician/s who will be seeing their child. At times there is a waiting list for some disciplines and families will be advised of this.
Write or fax:
Clinical Pathway Co-ordinator
Child Development Service
PO Box 50047
Phone (04) 918 2800
Fax (04) 237 9273
All centre hours Monday - Friday 8am to 4.30pm (Excluding public holidays)
Puketiro Centre 26 Kenepuru Drive, Porirua Phone (04) 918 2800
Ewart Centre 2 Coromandel Street, Phone (04) 918 6399
Kenepuru Hospital Raiha Street, Porirua Phone (04) 385 5999
Kapiti Health Centre Warrimoo Street, Paraparaumu (satellite service only) NB.For Kapiti enquires please contact Puketiro Phone (04) 918 2800 as our clinicians are not based at Kapiti.
- Puketiro Centre Location Map - Child Development Service (PDF, 401 KB)
- Child Development Service Kenepuru Hospital Map (PDF, 129.1 KB)
- Kapiti centre map (PDF, 303.3 KB)
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