Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) support children with a disability or developmental delay from birth to school entry and their families. ECIS provides special education, therapy, counselling, service planning and coordination, assistance and support to access services such as kindergarten and child care.
Services are tailored to meet the individual needs of the child and focused on supporting the child in their natural environments and in their everyday experiences and activities.
The overall aim of these services is to provide parents and families with the knowledge, skills and support to meet the needs of their child and to optimise the child's development and ability to participate in family and community life. All services are provided using a family-centred approach, recognising the importance of working in partnership with the family.
Evidence shows that support during the early years of childhood improves outcomes for children with a disability and/or developmental delays.