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The Ministry of Education provides a range of support services to help children and young adults with disabilities access education. The specific support you may be eligible for will depend on individual needs and circumstances. These can include:

  • Special Education Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) 
  • Individual Education Plans (IEPs)
  • Resource Teachers
  • Teacher Aides 
  • Alternative Education 

Continue reading to see options and links to further information.

Learning Support Needs - Where to Start

The government provides a range of services and support for children and young people with learning support needs.  

A child may need learning support because they have a sensory, physical or learning disability, a health condition or behaviour difficulties. 

This learning support is aimed at providing tailored and individualised support to meet the specific needs of each child.

For links to government agencies and information on applying for learning support services - start here…

For learning support for young children - Click here

Choosing an ECE service, school, or kura - click here

For Learning support at primary and secondary school - click here

For transition support on leaving Secondary School - click here

For learning support after leaving school - click here

Learning Support for Young Children

Learning Support for Young Children

If your child has a sensory, physical or learning disability, a health condition or behaviour difficulties. The government can provide funding, support and services for children who have:

  • a physical disability or illness
  • behaviour and learning problems
  • disabilities and learning support needs to go to mainstream schools.

You may need to get a specialist assessment to apply for learning support services.  

For more information and links to the Ministry of Education websites - click here

Choosing an ECE service, school or kura

Choosing an ECE service, school or kura

You may have a lot of questions around the best educational support for your child.  It is recommended to talk to your child’s support specialists, disability groups, and other parents about options available in your area and what services can best meet their needs.

Click here to view the sort of information you may want to consider when choosing the best school for your child. 

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