Early childhood intervention (0-6 years old)

How the NDIS can help your child

If your child is aged 0-6 years, is an Australian Citizen or resident or permanent visa holder and has a disability, or if there are concerns with their development, they may be eligible to receive support from the NDIS.

Accessing early childhood intervention in your area

For children aged 0-6 years with developmental delay or disability there is a separate pathway to access support under the NDIS.

Across NSW, experienced early childhood intervention providers are contracted to deliver the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) approach. Early Childhood Transition Providers are teams of early childhood professionals and paediatric allied health staff who will work with children to determine appropriate supports for their development. Early Childhood Transition Providers may refer families to appropriate supports in the mainstream or community, provide some short term early childhood intervention or assist the family to complete an Access Request Form if this is required.

If a health professional finds that a child aged 0 to 6 years may benefit from early childhood intervention or disability support under the NDIS, DO NOT COMPLETE AN ACCESS REQUEST FORM Instead GP’s should refer parents/carers to the NSW Early Childhood Transition Provider in the area. See below.

Contact details for NSW Early Childhood Transition Providers can be found on the NDIS website here.

For more information about the ECEI approach visit the ECEI page on the NDIS website here.

Families are able to self-refer to their local Early Childhood Partner or make contact with the NDIA through the call centre and you will be directed to an Early Childhood Partner in your local area.

While access to the NDIA's Early childhood Early Intervention pathway does not require a formal diagnosis, it is highly advisable that the child receives one, at the earliest opportunity. This will ensure that any health issues are identified during the important developmental stage of 0-6 years old.

Who can I contact for more information?

National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
Phone: 1800 800 110

Better Start or Helping Children with Autism (HCWA) funding

You can apply for Better Start or Helping Children with Autism Funding (HCWA) funding up until the 31 July 2017. Better Start and HCWA support children to improve access to early intervention services to better prepare them for the transition to school.

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