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Implementing Early Start (New Zealand)

Meets DHHS criteria for an evidenced based model

Materials and Forms to Support Implementation

Last Updated

July 2015


Operations Manuals

Several manuals are available to support implementation, including an operations manual, practice manual, supervision manual, and policy and procedures manual.


Service Delivery Forms

Early Start uses an Active Client Database (ACD) to record all contacts with families, case notes, planning, and screening. Home visitors are required to enter data into ACD.


Assessment Tools

All families complete an Individual Family Assessment. After the one-month trial period and before full enrollment, families complete an in-depth needs assessment based on a modified version of the Kempe Family Stress Checklist. Additional assessment tools used by home visitors include:

  • Family Violence Assessment
  • Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale
  • Assessments of drug and alcohol use
  • Triple P Assessment tools, including assessments of child behaviors and temperament, depression and anxiety, and parenting



All Early Start families receive services based on four established curricula:

  1. Partnership in Parenting Education (PIPE) “Listen, Love, Play,” which focuses on listening, trust, language, problem solving, feelings, and how babies learn
  2. Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), which focuses on positive parenting practices and means to address childhood behavior problems
  3. Getting Ready for School focused on 4 year olds
  4. Incredible Years


Available Languages

Materials are available in English only.


Fidelity Measurement

Early Start Project Ltd. undergoes two comprehensive audits per year by accredited auditors from the Ministry of Social Development, which monitors Early Start performance against set standards.


Fidelity Standards

Information about the Key Operating Policies and Procedures (KOPPS) performance standards is available from Early Start Project Ltd.



The information contained on this page was last updated in July 2015. Recommended Further Reading lists the sources for this information. In addition, the information contained in this profile was reviewed for accuracy by Early Start Project Ltd. on April 13, 2015. HomVEE reserves the right to edit the profile for clarity and consistency.