Help for children under 7

The ECEI approach supports children aged under seven 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.

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

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.

Find out more about how to get support for your child.

Easy Read information is available:

Help for your child (PDF 1.9MB)

It explains how to connect and work with an Early Childhood Partner. Translated versions are available on the Languages section.

The NDIA has commenced a review of its ECEI approach with families and children.

The NDIA ECEI approach is based on best practice, family-centred early intervention with a focus on providing quality information, research and evidence based advice to families and children with developmental delay or disabilities.

The review is investigating both what is working well and the pain points, gaps and issues in the implementation of the ECEI approach. It will build upon recent reviews and reports into ECEI, to ensure previous advice is captured.

The Supporting young children and families early, to reach their full potential consultation paper explains the proposed changes the NDIS wants to make to the ECEI approach.

We will be consulting widely with participants, families, carers, providers and the sector, including through an online survey and focus groups over the three-month consultation period ending 23 February 2021.

You can download a copy of the consultation paper on the Have your say page.