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. These services are funded through the Department and provided by Specialist Children's services teams and Early Childhood Intervention agencies.
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.
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How to apply for Early Childhood Intervention Services
Access to ECIS is via the ECIS Application Form. See link below.
Applications for ECIS are managed by ECIS Intake teams across the state, providing a clear, visible and coordinated entry point into ECIS for families and referring agencies.
Parents may refer their child to ECIS. It is recommended that you consult with the child’s paediatrician, maternal and child health nurse, educational or health professional and seek their assistance to complete the application.
If a professional is completing the form on behalf of a family he/she should consult with the parent/guardian to discuss the application, ensure they have understood the general and privacy information and give signed consent for the referral.
Completed and signed application forms are lodged with ECIS Intake in the area where the child resides.
All applications must have signed parent/guardian consent for the ECIS application where indicated on the application form.
ECIS Intake will determine eligibility for ECIS, work with the family to identify concerns, to plan next steps and to make a referral to an ECIS agency.
Please note: Families living in the local government areas of Barwon, North East Melbourne and Central Highlands areas are required to apply for support through the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) not ECIS. See below for details.
Moving to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Please contact the NDIA for further information on 1800 800 110 if you are seeking ECIS and reside in one of the following areas:
NDIA Barwon area:
- City of Greater Geelong
- Surf Coast
- Colac - Otway Shires.
NDIS North East Melbourne area:
- City of Banyule
- City of Darebin
- City of Whittlesea
- City of Yarra
- Shire of Nillumbik.
NDIS Central Highlands area:
- City of Ballarat
- Rural City of Ballarat
- Shire of Golden Plains
- Shire of Moorabool
- Shire of Hepburn
- Shire of Pyrenees
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will roll out progressively over three years in Victoria from July 2016 and will means changes in the way Early Childhood Intervention Services are accessed and the funding arrangements for service providers. Victorian funded ECIS will transition into the NDIS, area by area, between July 2016 and June 2019.
The roll out in Victoria has been carefully planned to give everyone the time, information and resources to move from the current state based ECIS system to the NDIS.
The Department will support young children with a disability or developmental delay and their families to understand what the NDIS means for them and transfer to the scheme. Children who are receiving state funded ECIS or children deemed eligible but waiting for ECIS will have a supported pathway into the scheme.
Quality and Safeguards during transition to the NDIS
The Commonwealth and Victorian Government agreed that existing quality standards would be continued and strong safeguards would be maintained during this transition period.
As the NDIS is rolled out, new arrangements have been put in place to make sure that children continue to be adequately protected.
A number of new providers are expected to seek to enter the market to deliver services for children with a disability or developmental delay. Both governments will make sure these new providers meet the appropriate standards to deliver quality services to young children.
A list of Victorian Approved NDIS Providers delivering Early Childhood Supports will be made available here and updated regularly.
For further information about the NDIS call 1800 800 110 or visit: