Conductive Education

ce-logoA structured learning programme for children with motor disorders and developmental delay from different origins.

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Our Story

Conductive Education in Wellington
P9200049Conductive Education was established in Wellington 20 years ago by a group of parents dedicated to providing a holistic programme that worked with the child and family as a whole rather than the traditional medically modelled early intervention.

Investigation of the Conductive Education programme provided in Hungary led these parents to believe that this approach would best meet the needs of their children.

The Conductive Education Wellington Trust was formed and registered in July 1995.

Current Members of the Board are:

  •     Brett Parker (Chairperson)
  •     Stephen Breayley (Treasurer)
  •     Denise Rogan
  •     Daryl Waaka
  •     Fiona Edwards (Staff Representative)

Our AGM was held on 6th July 2013

PB170013A copy of our annually audited accounts may be viewed at the centre or online via the Charities Commission website  http://www.charities.govt.nz/

In July 1997 building was started for the Wellington Conductive Education Unit which was set up in the Naenane Primary School grounds. Continued commitment to providing this programme at an affordable cost meant many hours of fundraising by families, friends and staff. Large community events resulted in sufficient funds to build a deck and continue to provide funding for the ongoing running of Conductive. In 2011 we were able to secure a very generous grant from the Avalon Child Care centre which enabled us to extend our building and add such things as a music room, multisensory room, assessment/meeting room and a sensory garden for the children.

Among the many people who contributed to establishing this unit, both financially and of their time, were:

  •     Ministry of Education
  •     Thomas George Macathy Trust
  •     Wellington Community Child Care Assosiation
  •     Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust
  •     Unison Trust
  •     Pub Charity.
  •     Lottery Grants
  •     The Variety Club of New Zealand
  •     Community Trust
  •     Lions Foundation
  •     Pelorus Trust
  •     Phoenix Trust
  •     Community Post
  •     Eastern Hutt Rotary

P8240139As well as numerous individuals who gave generously of their time and money over the years.

Conductive Education Wellington Trust continues to be governed by Trustees as a Charitable Trust and as such is registered with the Charities Commission. The Trust is supported by the families of children who access or who have accessed our service and believe in the positive benefits of this unique programme.

Conductive Education Wellington Trust is contracted by the Ministry of Health to provide a non-medical, multidisciplinary Child Development Service to promote and facilitate the child’s developmental pathway towards meeting their maximum potential.

In addition, the Trust is contracted by the Ministry of Education to provide an early childhood programme run in conjunction with the “Te Whariki” curriculum.

Conductive Education Wellington Trust provides advice and support to families, whanau and other paraprofessionals working with a child enrolled at our centre.

Conductive Education is reviewed by the Ministry of Education (ERO) every three years. Our lastest review was completed in March 2013 and can be found at:http://www.ero.govt.nz/Early-Childhood-School-Reports/Early-Childhood-Reports/Conductive-Education-Wellington-25-03-2013

Painting-2The History of Conductive Education
Conductive Education was developed in Hungary by Professor András Peto,  a physician and educationalist. Peto believed that human development is holistic and learning occurs in an integrated way, encompassing the sensory, motor, cognitive, communication and socio-emotional aspects of development.

He based his approach on newly discovered scientific evidence of his time, which described the brain's unique capacity to form new connections despite the damage that occurred within. People with motor disorders could indeed learn new skills by utilising undamaged areas of the brain and hence overcome their problems of movement and co-ordination. According to Professor Peto, this ability can be mobilised with the help of a properly guided, active learning process. That is the reason why the Professor called his method "conductive".

Conductive means – merging, leading, developing, useful.

For more information about the origins of Conductive Education and it’s development, the aims and elements, visit the New Zealand Foundation for Conductive Education website: www.conductive-education.org.nz