We aim to encourage excellence and best practice in early childhood intervention in Aotearoa, New Zealand; acting as advocates for early intervention and providing professional learning and development opportunities.
The Early Intervention Association of Aotearoa, New Zealand provides a professional body for early intervention practitioners. Established in 1998 the Association operates as a charitable Trust. The Association has developed a National Code of Ethics, provides strong advocacy at national level and opportunities for professional learning and development.
Our objectives include;
- Working to ensure all Early Intervention Practice in Aotearoa New Zealand is reflective of the Treaty of Waitangi.
- Encouraging excellence and best safe practice in the provision of early intervention.
- Providing a national forum for sharing information, philosophies and practices concerning best practice in the provision of early intervention.
- Raising community awareness at a national level of the nature, role and importance of early intervention for infants and young children with, or at risk of, developmental delays and disabilities and their families.
- Establishing links with other national and international early intervention associations throughout New Zealand and the world.
- Acting as a national advocate for early intervention in encouraging government commitment to provide adequate funding and equitable availability of services throughout New Zealand.
- Providing representation to appropriate government policy making and working parties relating to early intervention, including contributing to the identification of barriers to the provision and receipt of early intervention.
- Providing opportunities for professional learning and development to those involved in early intervention.
- Providing relevant information and research to families and practitioners in the field of early intervention and other associated professions.
- Enhancing the cultural competence of early intervention practitioners.
- Seeking funding for Trust activities in order to benefit practising early interventionists.
EIAANZ membership is open to early interventionists from all sectors of the community, tertiary students, and other professionals who have a keen interest in early childhood intervention