Relationship-based Early Intervention Services: Lessons From New Zealand

The needs of children with complex disabilities are under-recognised by educators in the UK (Carpenter et al, 2011). Early intervention for children with complex disabilities has the potential to improve children’s long-term outcomes, socially, emotionally, cognitively and educationally. The aim of this study is explore the relationship-based early intervention (EI) services provided by the Champion Centre in New Zealand to infants and young children with complex disabilities so that knowledge and best practice in EI can be shared with interested stakeholders in the UK.


Carpenter, B., Egerton, J., Brooks, T., Cockbill, B., Fotheringham, J. and Rawson, H. (2011) The Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities Research Project: Developing pathways to personalised learning. London: Specialist Schools and Academies Trust.


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