Well Child overview

The Well Child/Tamariki Ora Framework covers screening, education and support services offered free to all New Zealand children from birth to five years, and their families/whānau.

Well Child services include health education and promotion, health protection and clinical assessment, and family/whānau support. The services also ensure that parents are linked to other early childhood services such as Early Childhood Education and social support services, if required.

Under the current Well Child national schedule, 12 health checks are offered. Eight of these checks are offered between the ages of six weeks and five years. Additional services are also offered to first time parents and to families who are identified as needing more support.

Providers of Well Child services include registered nurses and community health workers/kaiāwhina who have specific training in child health.

The Well Child/Tamariki Ora Framework and Schedule has important linkages with lead maternity carers, primary health care providers, immunisation and the National Vision and Hearing Screening Programme.