Early intervention supports are being implemented differently to the supports for other participants.
National Approach to Early Intervention
On 26 February 2016 a national approach to early intervention was released. The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach is to support children with disabilities as well as children with developmental delay.
Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA)
ECIA is the peak body for Early Childhood Intervention in Australia. They represent professionals and organisations that provide services to young children with disabilities or developmental delays and their families. They have launched a new website called The Inclusion Hub designed to support and provide information and resources to families, practitioners and communities to assist with navigating the NDIS. It contains general information about Early Childhood Intervention as well as more specific information about Early Childhood Intervention and the NDIS including the NDIS Readiness Guidebook; Making a Start with NDIS and 10 Things You Need to Know to Prepare for the NDIS.
Early Intervention Eligibility RequirementsTo be eligible for Early Intervention in the NDIS:
Early Intervention Provider - Is an agency or a may be a group of individual professionals who specialise in early intervention areas such as education, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychology and speech pathology. They create a relationship between the parents and professionals and help the child and family work towards reaching their goals.
Keyworker – They work with the family to assist in coordinating ‘a team of professionals’ to work with your child. They assist you with any issues that arise, with creating goals and the steps to achieve them for your child’s learning and development. They are the central person in a group of professionals and are responsible for delegating tasks and the team working coherently.
Information about role, grants, phasing dates for ECEI.NSW – has rejected to follow the ECEI tender process. Delivery of ECEI in NSW will be by a network of experienced and skilled community based Early Childhood Intervention providers.