Comprehensive Child Development Service

 

 

 

Background

In the 2005 Policy Address, the Government announced launching the Head Start Programme on Child Development, currently known as the Comprehensive Child Development Service (CCDS), which aims at early identification and provision of timely support to children and families with special needs.

The distinctive feature of this programme is its interdisciplinary and cross-sectorial collaboration among the Education Bureau (EDB), the Department of Health (DH), the Hospital Authority (HA), and the Social Welfare Department (SWD).Through fostering communication and collaboration among different providers of the existing educational, medical, and social services, this programme demonstrates a new service model.

Under the CCDS, a referral and reply system has been developed to enhance the close collaboration with kindergartens/child-care-centres (KGs), Maternal and Child Health Centre (MCHCs) and Integrated Family Service Centres (IFSCs)/Integrated Services Centres (ISCs). If KG teachers detect any physical, developmental, behavioural or family issues with children, they can refer them directly to the MCHC or IFSC/ISC in the respective district for assessment

 

      Pre-primary teachers detect:  
 
 
         
    Children with physical, developmental,
behavioural, and/or learning problem(s)
  Children with family issues
 
 
     
    Refer them to the MCHC in the
respective district for assessment
  Refer the parents to IFSC/ ISC
in the respective district for
follow up of social service needs
   
 
     
  Refer them to CAS for
assessment if needed
   
 
 
   
  Refer them to HA for specialty
consultation according to their needs
  Refer the children to pre-primary training
programmes based on their needs
 
   
   

 

 

Referral Flowchart

Upon receiving a referral, the nursing staff of MCHC will call the parents to arrange for an interview within one month. After the interview has been arranged, MCHC will make an interim reply to the KG.

 

  Fill in the referral form  
Teacher fills in the referral form
(with parent's signature and MCHC Child Health Record number)
  Fax the form  
Teacher faxes the form to the respective MCHC
  Arrange for an interview  
MCHC nurse contacts the parent to arrange for an interview
(approximately within one month)
  Interim reply  
The MCHC gives an interim reply to the kindergarten/ child care centre
  Assessment  
Parents and child attend the MCHC on the scheduled date for assessment
(Parents are asked to bring along their child's learning progress report,
schoolwork or other pertinent information)
  Final reply  
The MCHC gives the kindergarten/ child care centre
a final reply after the assessment

 

 

Roles of Teachers

KG teachers always come into close contact with children apart from their parents, and thus are more likely to notice their varied needs. Upon identifying a child with early signs of special needs, the teacher should communicate with the parents for a timely referral , and professional assessment and assistance at the MCHC.

 

 

Supports for Pre-primary Institutions

To enable teachers to identify children with special education needs at an early stage and to have better understanding on the service mode, the Pre-primary Children Development and Bahaviour Management - Teacher Resource Kit has been prepared by DH in collaboration with the EDB and SWD.

This referral and feedback system has been implemented in all districts of Hong Kong since December 2008. KGs can make use of the following series of referral forms to refer children with special education needs to MCHCs for timely assistance.

 

 

Referral Forms for MCHC Service

 

  Referral Forms for MCHC Service (Last revision: April 2011)

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  Hong Kong
   Central & Western
1.
   Hong Kong East
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   Islands
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   Southern
8.
   Wan Chai
9.

  Kowloon
   Kowloon City
1.
   Kwun Tong
2.
3.
   Sai Kung
4.
   Sham Shui Po
5.
   Wong Tai Sin
6.
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9.
   Yau Tsim & Mong Kok
10.

  New Territories East
   North
1.
   Sha Tin
2.
3.
   Tai Po
4.

  New Territories West
   Kwai Chung & Tsing Yi
1.
2.
3.
   Tsuen Wan
4.
   Tuen Mun
5.
6.
   Yuen Long
7.
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Reference: Pre-primary Children Development and Behaviour Management - Teacher Resource Kit

To equip KG teachers with a better understanding of the referral system, the Pre-primary Children Development and Behaviour Management - Teacher Resource Kit has been prepared by the DH in collaboration with the EDB and SWD. Through introducing the aforementioned service, the developmental characteristics and common developmental and learning problems of KG children, this resource kit enables teachers to identify needy children, communicate with parents effectively and refer children for assessment promptly. Strategies and techniques for interpreting and managing individual children’s learning, behavioural, emotional and social skills problems are also provided in this kit. Teachers will then be able to achieve more effective teaching and classroom management.

 

Reference Materials
Cover Page  PDF (638 KB)
Table of Content  PDF (186 KB)

 

Videos
Chapter 1 Introduction to Comprehensive Child Development Service
English Windows Media Player (31.4 MB)
Chapter 2 Development of Pre-primary Children
English Windows Media Player (58.3 MB)
Chapter 3 How to Identify Children with Special Needs
English Windows Media Player (34.2 MB)
Chapter 4 Strategies to Propose Referral to Parents
English Windows Media Player (38.9 MB)
Chapter 5 Basic Behaviour Theory and Techniques
English Windows Media Player (35.5 MB)
Chapter 6 Classroom Management: Handling Children's Problems
English Windows Media Player (48.1 MB)

 

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