Information on Early Childhood Early Intervention support for parents and carers
NDIS and the Early Childhood Early Intervention approach
The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach is currently rolling out in stages across the states, territories and their regions with full roll-out expected to have been reached by 2020. The ECEI approach is being implemented in line with the scheduled full-scheme roll out of the NDIS. This means that children aged between 0-6 in those regions will have access to a team of professionals, to provide families with strategies and therapy supports immediately.
NDIS Early Childhood providers will work with you toward supporting your child's participation in everyday activities.
Please click this link, to view the NDIS webinar transcript on Early Childhood Early Intervention.
Referral points for children being referred to an Early Childhood provider may include but are not limited to;
- Maternal health nurses and the health system (GP, paediatrician)
The Early Childhood provider will conduct an assessment of your child to determine which pathway would best support their growth and development. This may include short-term support where your family will be provided information, strategies, and linkages to services and therapists for a period of 3-6 months.
If your child is assessed to be best supported by an NDIS plan, an Early Childhood Coordinator will work with you to request NDIS access. Please refer to Getting NDIS Plan Ready for support in preparing for the NDIS planning meeting. When your child has been confirmed eligible to become an NDIS participant, your child will be referred back to the Early Childhood Provider, who will then conduct an NDIS planning meeting to support you in outlining your child's goals.
To listen to an ABC BabyTalk program podcast interview on how carers and parents of children with a disability aged 0-6 years, can support their child through the NDIS, please click on this link.
For more information on early childhood coordinators in your area, contact the NDIS on 1800 800 110, or click here to find out who the Early Childhood partner is in your region
Early Childhood Early Intervention Transition to the NDIS - Frequently Asked Question's (FAQ's)
The Department of Social Services has put together a list of FAQs to support families who are participating in the Better Start program with their NDIS transition enquiries.
Additional links to other resources have been provided below under helpful links to further support your understanding of what early childhood early intervention is and why it is important to ensure your child experiences a positive and secure foundation of development.
Video: Two families share their experience transitioning to the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention pathway.
Better Start - betterstart.net.au
Where the NDIS has not rolled out in your area, children with a disability, aged between 0-6 years may be eligible to access therapy supports through Better Start funding packages. Please click here for more information
Better Start Early Days Moving Forward workshops are currently being held across Australia to provide parents and carers with important information on accessing a Better Start funding package. These workshops will also provide transitional information and pre-planning advice on the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention pathways to support.
To check when an Early Days Moving Forward workshop is being held in your area, please click on the following link to contact a Registration, Information, Support and Service advisor in your region: Better Start State and Territory Registration
It is important for families to understand that registering with Better Start does not automatically mean their child is eligible for an NDIS package. For more information, please call the NDIS on 1800 800 110. Parents can also complete the NDIS Access checklist to check whether their child meets the NDIA access requirements.
Helping children with autism (HCWA)
Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) provides assistance to families of children aged 0-6 years with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), to help them access services and support where the NDIS is not yet available. The following link to the Raising Children website explains HCWA funding and the transition to the NDIS.
Please click on this link to understand whether your child is eligible for HCWA funding.
Additional support may be offered to families who identify as indigenous or come from a culturally and linguistically diverse background and live in a rural and remote area.
Outer Region or Remote Area
If you are eligible for early intervention support under Better Start or HCWA funding and live in an outer regional or remote area, you may be eligible for the Remote Access Payment, a one-time payment of $2,000. Please click on this link for more information