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Giving Every Child a Head Start

A child's early years are a whirlwind of development – a time when their brains are like sponges, soaking up information and laying the foundation for future learning and well-being. Early childhood intervention (ECI) during this crucial period can make a world of difference, and in Australia, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) offers a helping hand to ensure every child reaches their best potential.

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Early Childhood Intervention

NDIS, and Your Child's Potential

ECI is a personalized approach to supporting children from birth to age six (or nine, depending on the state) who are experiencing developmental delays or disabilities. It involves a team of professionals, such as speech therapists, occupational therapists, and psychologists, working together with families to create a plan that addresses the child's specific needs. This plan might include:

  • Therapy sessions: Speech therapy can help with communication skills, occupational therapy can improve motor skills, and physiotherapy can enhance physical development.

  • Creative Arts and Play-based learning: Activities that are both fun and functional can help children develop interpersonal skills in a natural way. Our team can help your child build emotional awareness, and learn how to communicate their feelings. 

  • Family support: ECI programs recognize the crucial role parents and carers play in a child's development. They offer guidance and support to help families navigate the challenges and celebrate the milestones.

The NDIS: Funding Your Child's Needs

The NDIS is a government-funded program that provides support to Australians with a disability. This includes children who may benefit from early intervention. Here's how the NDIS can help:

  • Funding for therapy sessions: The NDIS can cover the cost of therapy sessions with qualified professionals as outlined in your child's ECI plan.

  • Equipment and resources: The NDIS may fund specialised equipment or resources that can support your child's development at home or in childcare settings.

  • Support for families: The NDIS can connect families with support coordinators who can help them navigate the system and access the services they need.

The Benefits of Early Intervention

Studies have shown that early intervention can have a profound impact on a child's development. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Improved communication, motor skills, and social skills

  • Increased independence and self-confidence

  • Enhanced learning and academic performance

  • Reduced need for support in the future

Getting Started with ECI and the NDIS


If you have concerns about your child's development, talk to us or your doctor. We can do an ECI assessment. If your child is eligible for NDIS funding, the ECI team will work with you to develop a plan and connect you with the NDIS.


Remember, every child develops at their own pace. But if you have any worries, don't hesitate to seek help. Early intervention, supported by the NDIS, can give your child the tools they need to thrive and reach their full potential.

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