Making New Zealand the best place in the world for disabled children
A Good Start in Life
This is a brand-new resource about NZ being the ideal nation for kids to grow up in when they’re between the ages of zero and 8, the most informative years of their lives.
New Zealand is working towards being the best place in the world for children, a place where all children are loved, nurtured and safe; have what they need; belong, contribute and are valued; are happy and healthy; and are learning and developing.
This guide focuses on children from birth to eight years. How we see disabled children is important. Making New Zealand the best place in the world for disabled children requires consideration of children’s rights both as children and as people with disability.
This guidance from the Good Start in Life Project (GSIL) is about whānau, community and services working together to realise children’s rights and to make sure they get a good start in life.
The GSIL project used co-design approaches to capture the voices and experiences of families and whānau of disabled children and the services that support them. Research and latest thinking have also been used to gain an understanding of a good start in life for young disabled children and their whānau.