Early Intervention - Why is it important?

Reaching children early in their development is critical to them thriving.

Early intervention means doing things as early as possible for young children. Services are programs of therapy and specialised support for children and families in the early years (from birth to school entry). These services focus on their individual developmental, health and support needs to reach their potential.

Early Childhood Early Intervention and the NDIS

Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) funding and support pathway for children aged  0 – 6 years who have a developmental delay or disability, and their families/carers.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has appointed early childhood partners in each area of New South Wales . The partners, called Local Area Coordinators (LACs), link families into early childhood early intervention services. They assist families in understanding the NDIS. Find your local area Co-ordinator.

It’s good to keep records of any communication with the NDIA or Local Area Coordinator (i.e. name, phone number, email address) and also take notes of the information they give. If you’re communicating by email or letter these may be important records.  You can also ask for information in writing to keep for your records.

For more information about ECEI, visit the NDIS website or call the NDIA on 1800 800 110.

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