COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

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Updated - effective from 14 May 2020 until further notice. Under COVID-19 Alert Level 2 visitor access to health facilities continues to be restricted.– details for all facilities...

Last updated:
29 April 2020

Please remember, limiting our interactions with others is our best defence against COVID-19. Please don’t visit the hospital if you don’t need to. The following level 2 visitor restrictions are in place for all Canterbury DHB health facilities:

  • Visitors will be screened and asked to provide contact details upon arrival
  • Visitors who are unwell or have suspicion of COVID-19 will not be able to enter
  • Aged residential care: no visitors, however, family visits for palliative care residents who do not have COVID-19 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Specific and detailed visitor restrictions that apply to each hospital are available on our COVID-19 page.

Child Development Service

Child Development Service (CDS) Mission Statement

Whakapiki Hauora o te Tamaiti me te Whānau
To improve, promote and support the health of the child and whanau

The Child Development Service’s Vision

Kia tutuki pai e te tamaiti ki tōu pae tawhiti
For every child/tamariki to reach their full potential within an inclusive Aotearoa/New Zealand 

Child Development Service Values

  • Family/whanau centred
    Being family centred recognises that each family/whanau is unique; that the family is the constant in the child’s life; and that they are the experts on the child’s abilities and needs. We work with the family/whanau to help them make informed decisions about services and supports they receive ensuring that the strengths and needs of all family members are considered.
  • Goal focused
    We support families/whanau to work on goals and priorities that are most important to them. Evidence shows that interventions with goals lead to better functional outcomes
  • Empowering and supportive
    We aim to support and empower children and families/whanau so they can reach their potential and become more independent.
  • Promoting participation
    We aim to support the children to be able to be involved in everyday activities across settings such as home, preschool, school and the community.
  • Collaborative
    We work in partnership with the family/whanau and other services involved with the child.

Page last updated: 21 May 2020

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