Support Services

PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE

The Public Health Nurse visits us weekly. Teachers make referrals to her of children who may have a health problem. The nurse may make a home visit to discuss the matter with the parents. The nurse also makes contact with parents directly in implementing Department of Health policies as they concern our children.

STUDENT SUPPORT NETWORK

We have regular meetings with members of Special Education Services and other support agencies.

The meetings are to decide on appropriate action in helping children who have learning or behaviour problems. These children need more help than can be given by their teacher. There are special needs. If you are concerned about your child's learning or behaviour, talk to your class teacher about a referral to the support group. The support group's purpose is to give or arrange for appropriate guidance, advice and support to teachers, parents and children.

MANUKAU TRUANCY SERVICE:

Attendance is vital if children are to make progress at school. At Papatoetoe West School lateness and absences are monitored by our electronic registers. All attendance concerns are addressed by either school or the Manukau Truancy Service. All regular absentees are referred to the Manukau Truancy Service for their attention.

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION SPECIAL EDUCATION:

The Visiting Teacher, the Educational Psychologist, Speech Therapist and RTLB ( Resource Teacher Learning and Behaviour) are members of the Special Education Service. These people work with special needs children, their teachers and parents. Their policy and ours is to consult and have parent approval and participation in the individual educational or developmental programmes that are prepared.