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Referral information 

A referral from your GP is the best way to access our Service. 

Child Development Service / Ratoka Whakapuāwai Tamaiti accepts referrals from:  

  • health services

  • education services 

  • community agencies

  • self-referral

The referral must be written with the consent and knowledge of the child's parent or caregiver. 

Referrals must be in writing, with as much information as possible about the developmental concerns and input required. It is very helpful if a report or any additional information is provided. 

A health or education professional may refer your child/tamaiti for support with their development or disability. We are funded by Whaikaha to provide services according to specific entry criteria, so we accept all referrals that meet these criteria. 


Our Screening Programme 

Babies are referred by the Neonatal team before leaving the unit they were born at.  

Babies who meet this criterion will be assessed at set times from birth until the child is 18-24 months of age. Developmental support is offered if the assessment shows it is needed. 

Screening Programme Leaflet Child Development Service 


We are not funded for: 

  • Concerns or needs which are school based. Please refer to Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga | the Ministry of Education
  • Concerns or needs that are related to an acute medical or surgical need 
  • ACC Accident Compensation Corporation claims. Please contact ACC - Home 

  • Carrying out programmes recommended by Private Services/Therapists 

  • Dyslexia 

  • Mental Health services covering areas such as ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)

  • ADD (attention deficit disorder) 

Self-referrals can be emailed through to:

Please talk to you GP or other health service provider for support or go to our Resources section for possible helpful links.