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What is the ECEI approach | How does it work | ECEI delivered by the NDIA | ECEI stories

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What is the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach?

The ECEI approach supports children aged 0-6 years who have a developmental delay or disability and their families/carers. The ECEI approach supports families to help children develop the skills they need to take part in daily activities and achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life.

The NDIS has engaged Early Childhood Partners around Australia to deliver the ECEI approach. Early Childhood Partners are experienced in providing early childhood intervention.

How does it work?

You can contact an Early Childhood Partner if concerns about your child’s development have been identified. Find Early Childhood Partners on our website.

As every child is different, your Early Childhood Partner will tailor support to your child’s individual needs and circumstances. Your Early Childhood Partner will provide you with information.

They may also:

  • Connect you and your child with the most appropriate supports in your area, such as the community health centre, educational setting and playgroup
  • Provide some short-term early intervention where it has been identified as the most appropriate support
  • Help you to request NDIS access if your child requires longer-term early childhood intervention supports. If your child becomes an NDIS participant the Early Childhood Partner will work with you to develop an NDIS plan.

Early Childhood Early Intervention Journey. 1. connect with an ECEI partner. 2. Get some helpful information. 3. Work out support needs. 4. Referral services and supports. 5. NDIS access. 6. Monitor progress

ECEI delivered by the NDIA 

In some areas partners are not in place to deliver ECEI services. In these areas the NDIA will help you and your child connect to supports available in your community. If your child requires early childhood intervention services the staff from your local NDIA office will work with you to request access to the NDIS.

Your child will receive an individualised support plan to address the goals you have identified for their development. In addition to access to early childhood intervention services, your child’s development will be supported by services available through other government services and the community.

Your child’s progress towards outcomes will continue to be monitored and reviewed to ensure the early childhood intervention support is working.

The NDIA will check whether your child still needs early childhood Intervention supports from the NDIS at each plan review.  

ECEI stories

Every child is unique and therefore each ECEI journey will be different. Here are some stories to show how this approach supports children and their families.

Jason’s ECEI journey

Jason's pathway (PDF 484KB)

Jason’s parents became concerned when they received reports from childcare about Jason's behaviour.

Georgia’s ECEI journey

Georgia's pathway (PDF 496KB)

Georgia has significant communication, physical and social development delays. Her paediatrician referred Georgia to an Early Childhood Partner.

Riley’s ECEI journey

Riley's pathway (PDF 483KB)

Parent’s to three-year-old Riley approached their local Early Childhood Partner with concerns about their son’s limited diet.

Isabelle’s ECEI journey

Isabelle's pathway (PDF 465KB)

Rachel noticed her daughter, Isabelle’s speech wasn’t as developed as other children her age. The playgroup leader suggested Rachel speak to an Early Childhood Partner.


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