Help for children with special needs
Funding, services and support available to help children with special needs and disabilities go to mainstream schools.
Early intervention – help for children before they start school
Early Intervention Service helps children under 6 who have a:
- developmental delay
- learning delay
- behaviour difficulty
- communication difficulty.
Support, funding and services for school-age children
Individual Education Plan
An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is a plan put together by parents, whānau and the child involved. It shows:
resources and assistive technology the child will need
who’ll be working with the child at school
how parents and whānau can support learning at home
ways to check the child’s progress.
Get extra support in the classroom
Children with very special needs can be supported to join in and learn at school, with:
- extra teacher time
- help from specialists
- funding for special items like Braille machine paper or special pens.
Find out how to apply for funding to provide your child with a teacher’s aide who'll work with them in the classroom to help them learn.
Help with special equipment
Apply for funding for equipment to help your child learn. This could include:
- special computers
- vision equipment
- special seats or tables
- hearing devices.
Help from therapists
Physiotherapists and occupational therapists to work with physically disabled children at school.
Speech therapists and support staff to work with children who have difficulties with talking, listening and understanding language.
School property modifications
Schools can apply for funding to change school property to make things easier for disabled children, for example widening doors for wheelchair access.
Help getting to and from school
Support for children who need assistance to get to and from the nearest school able to meet their needs.
Teacher's aide support
Apply for funding to provide your child with a teacher’s aide who'll work with them in the classroom to help them learn.
If your child is sick for a long period of time, a teacher may be able to visit them in hospital or at home.
Help from non-government organisations
Organisations that provide information and support for families of children with special education needs.