Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) partners
Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) partners are appointed by the NDIA to assist families understand the potential role of the NDIS and to guide them to other appropriate supports and to offer independent advice on providers of support most suited to their needs.
The NDIS has engaged Early Childhood Partners around Australia to deliver the ECEI approach. Early Childhood Partners are experienced in providing early childhood intervention.
You can contact an Early Childhood Partner if concerns about your child’s development have been identified. Find an Early Childhood Partner in your area.
What is the Early Childhood Early Intervention approach?
The ECEI approach supports children aged 0-6 years who have a developmental delay or disability and their families and/or 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.
How does it work?
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.
New roll-out areas
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, staff from your local NDIA office will work with you to request access to the NDIS.