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Early Childhood Early Intervention Services (NDIS)

Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)

Our Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) team will work in partnership with families to determine the right supports for children aged 0-6 years with developmental delay or a disability and may be contacted on:

1300 01 BCYF or 1300 01 2293
or by email on ecei@bcyf.org.au

The ECEI approach, is an open referral pathway, which means referrals can come from a range of sources including parents, carers, health professionals and kindergartens. To begin the process please complete a referral form which can be downloaded here. Completed referral forms can be emailed to ecei@bcyf.org.au or posted to our ECEI team at 12-14 Halstead Place, Geelong West, Vic 3218.

Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach

To support your child in their early years, the national government has introduced a support scheme for children with developmental delay or disability aged 0 to 6, known as Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI). It’s an approach developed under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), who administers the NDIS, has worked with a range of leading Australian early childhood intervention practitioners and researchers to design an Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach. This approach identifies the type and level of early intervention support your child needs to facilitate/enable the best outcomes. It is a family-centred approach to support greater inclusion in mainstream settings and it’s designed to build the capacity of your child and family.

Barwon Child, Youth & Family’s role

The NDIA has teamed up with regional partners to help provide the support your child needs in a quicker and easier way. These partners are called early childhood partners, and from October, Barwon Child, Youth & Family will be one of those community partners delivering Early Childhood Early Intervention Services (ECEI) for children aged 0-6 across the Barwon Region for the NDIS.

As the early childhood partner, our specialist staff are experienced in early childhood intervention and provide assistance, advice and access to early intervention and support for your child.

Who can access the ECEI Support Scheme?

Children 0-6 years, with developmental delay or disability.

How can we access Barwon Child Youth and Family?

Families in the Barwon region can contact us by phone, email or visit our office:

1300 01 BCYF or 1300 01 2293
or by email on ecei@bcyf.org.au
12-14 Halstead Place, Geelong West 3218

The Early Childhood Early Intervention team at Barwon Child, Youth and Family will:

  • Work with you to determine the best supports for your child and your family
  • Identify information, community-based and mainstream supports appropriately suited to your child. For example: community health services, playgroups or peer support
  • Identify if your child may benefit from some short-term intervention and provide those services. For example: if your child has developmental delay with a primary speech delay, your early childhood partner can provide some initial speech therapy which, over time, will assist it to inform the child’s longer-term support needs
  • If required, help you request NDIS access and once confirmed, work with your family to develop a plan
  • Help you with plan implementation, to assist you to engage appropriate NDIS providers.

For more information:
https://ndis.gov.au/ecei