Conductive Education was established in Hamilton 25 years ago by a group of parents dedicated to providing a holistic programme that worked with the child and family as a whole rather than successive professionals in a fragmented manner. Investigation of the Conductive Education programme offered in Hungary led these parents to believe that this educational approach would best meet the needs of their children.
The Conductive Education Waikato Trust was formed and registered in July 1991.
On the 4th November 1991, the first Waikato Unit for Conductive Education was set up in a classroom on Silverdale Normal School grounds. Continued commitment to providing this programme at an affordable cost meant many hours of fundraising by families, friends and staff. Large community events resulted in sufficient funds to build our current unit on Woodstock School grounds, officially opening in January 1994.
Conductive Education Waikato Trust is governed by Trustees as a Charitable Trust and is registered with the Charities Commission. The Trust is supported by the families of children who access or who have accessed our service and believe in the positive benefits of this unique programme.
Conductive Education Waikato Trust is contracted by the Ministry of Health to provide a non-medical, multidisciplinary Child Development Service to promote and facilitate the child’s developmental pathway towards meeting their maximum potential.
Our Centre is licensed and chartered as an Early Childhood Centre (ECE). The Ministry of Education issues the license, and the Centre must operate under the licensing requirement of the Education (Early Childhood Centre’s) Regulations 2008. This license sets the standards and requirements for staffing, programmes, buildings and management.
We are required to have a Charter, which is written in consultation with parents/whanau and staff. A copy of the Charter is kept in the foyer at our Centre and is available for parents to refer to and contribute to as a living document. The Education Review Office (ERO) review our Centre triennially and a copy of the latest review is available in the foyer or online at www.ero.govt.nz (last review September 2013).
The Ministry of Education (MoE) has accredited the Trust as an independent provider of Early Intervention (EI) Services, specifically to provide specialist teaching for children, advice, and support to families, whanau and early childhood educators and paraprofessional support within other community Early Childhood Education Centres.
We follow the Specialist Service Standards Pathway for this intervention provision. Review of our provision against the Specialist Service Standards is undertaken triennially, last completed in 2015 with all requirements met.