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The Champion Centre

The Champion Centre's core business is to provide early intervention services to infants and young children with disabilities in the Christchurch area of New Zealand. The programme is centre-based meaning that children and families receive most of their service on-site at weekly or fortnightly visits during school terms. The Champion Centre is the largest and longest-running centre-based early intervention centre in the country.

Partially funded by government and in business since the late 1970's it has served almost 2,000 children to date. Children are referred to the service via a paediatrician who makes a referral to the Early Intervention Coordination Service. This service represents all the early intervention providers in the area and allows offers to be made to families from more than one provider, dependent on capacity in those providers.

The Champion Centre also engages in research in early intervention and offers training to professionals and parents on request.

Champion Centre Founder, Dr. Patricia Champion, MBE