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Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Early childhood education is not compulsory in New Zealand, but attending a quality ECE environment can provide your child with the opportunity to play, socialise and learn with other children.

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Gaining work experience

Volunteering and internships can provide an opportunity to gain work experience and skills, and to make contact with potential future employers.

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Tertiary education and training

Further study after secondary school offers a rich and rewarding experience and has the potential to improve employment opportunities, income levels and standard of living.

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Getting active and meeting people

Encouraging the person you support to get active and take part in recreational activities is not only good for their body, it’s also good for their self-esteem and confidence too — and it can be a great way for them to meet new friends.

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Encouraging kids to get active and make friends

Encouraging your child to get active and take part in recreational activities is not only good for their body, it’s also good for their self-esteem and confidence too — and it can be a great way for them to meet new friends.

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National support organisations

National support organisations offer a range of services and advice, including information packs, phone and online help services and advocacy. Here’s a list of some key organisations that might be able to help you.

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