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 if you live in the following local government areas: City of Greater Geelong, Borough of Queenscliffe, Surf Coast or Colac - Otway Shires you are in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Barwon area, and are required to apply for support through the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) not ECIS. Please contact the NDIA for further information on 1800 800 110.