Child Development Centre

Child Development Centre

Child Development Centre is a disability service for children and young people aged 0-15 years, living in the Waikato District Health Board area.

Disabilities may include physical, intellectual or sensory disabilities or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or a combination of these.  Services may be provided in outpatient clinics, the home or community settings.


Child Development Centre is a child-centred and family-focused service for children who have, or are suspected of having, developmental problems such as:

  • developmental delay or intellectual disability
  • autism spectrum disorder
  • neurological conditions, e.g. cerebral palsy, developmental co-ordination disorders, dyspraxia
  • syndromes and/or behaviour problems associated with developmental delay
  • neurodegenerative disorders
  • motor skill delay

Its services include, where appropriate:

  • comprehensive assessments by specific professions and/or multidisciplinary teams
  • individual programmes for children with identified developmental needs, and their caregivers
  • medical assessment and follow up of children with diagnosed or suspected developmental concerns

The centre has a multi-disciplinary team including:

  • psychologists
  • occupational therapists
  • physiotherapists
  • speech language therapist
  • social worker
  • developmental paediatricians
  • visiting neurodevelopmental therapists
  • developmental service coordinator

More detailed descriptions of the services and clinics we offer.


222 Pembroke Street, Hamilton (across the road from the Waikato Hospital Emergency Department)

Contact information

Phone 07 839 8709

Fax 07 839 8766

Referral information

Child Development Centre (CDC) accepts referrals from health services, education services and community/welfare agencies. The referral must be written with the knowledge and consent of the child’s parents/carers.

More details of our services and clinics, including any specific entry criteria. 

Referrals must be in writing, clearly describing the developmental concerns and supported with any other reports or information. 

Referrals for school aged children where learning, social or behavioural difficulties are part of the reason for your referral: you MUST also complete Section B of the referral form, or attach our School Information Form (see below). Please contact the Child Development Centre if there are any problems with getting the school to provide this information.

Referrals should be posted or faxed to:
Referral Coordination Centre
Waikato Hospital
Private Bag 3200
Hamilton 3240
Fax: 07 839 8817

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