Early in 2016 the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) announced it would implement a nationally consistent approach to supporting children with disability aged birth to 6 years, under the NDIS. It is called the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention approach (ECEI).
The NDIA worked hand in hand with early childhood practitioners and researchers to design the approach, with key design aspects being informed by the NSW Strengthening supports for children and families 0-8 years: Now and into the future.
The aim of ECEI is inclusion, with children supported in a range of mainstream early childhood settings such as preschool and playgroup, meaning increased opportunities to learn and develop positive social relationships.
The NDIA’s approach to providing ECEI supports under the full scheme NDIS will be in place from July 2018 when the NSW transition is complete.
A list of Year 1 ECEI transitional are now available from the National Disability Insurance Agency website https://www.ndis.gov.au/ecei/NSWeceiproviders.html
To find out more about ECEI, click here: https://ndis.gov.au/ecei