Early Childhood Intervention Services

​​Early Childhood Intervention Services

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 areas of Barwon, North East Melbourne, Central Highlands, Loddon, Inner Eastern Melbourne, Inner Gippsland, Outer Eastern Melbourne, Ovens Murray, and Wimmera South West 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 or the listed Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Partner if you are seeking ECIS and reside in one of the following areas​:

NDIA Bar​won area:

  • ​City of Greater Geelong
  • Borough of Queenscliffe
  • Surf Coast Shire
  • Colac - Otway Shires

Please contact the NDIS 1800 800 110​

NDIS Central Highlands area:

  • ​City of Ballarat
  • Rural City of Ararat
  • Shire of Golden Plains
  • Shire of Moorabool
  • Shire of Hepburn
  • Shire of Pyrenees

Please contact the ECEI Partner:                                                                                                    Latrobe Community Health Service,                                                                                                 Level 2, 18 Armstrong Street, Ballarat, VIC 3350                                                                               Phone: 1800 242   696                                                                                                

NDIA Loddon area:

  • ​City of Greater Bendigo
  • Shire of Campaspe
  • Shire of Central Goldfields
  • Shire of Loddon
  • Shire of Macedon Ranges
  • Shire of Mount Alexander​

Please contact the ECEI Partner:                                                                                          Intereach                                                                                                                                                 384 Hargreaves St, Bendigo VIC 3550                                                                                             Phone: 1300 968 140  Email: ecei_loddon@intereach.com.au

NDIS  Inner Eastern Melbourne area:

  • City of Boroondara
  • City of Manningham
  • City of Monash
  • City of Whitehorse

Please contact the ECEI Partner:                                                                                                        Link Health and Community                                                                                                                   607 Canterbury Road, Vermont                                                                                                         Phone 1800 LINK ECEI (1800 5465 3234)          Email: linkhc@linkhc.org.au                                                                                                   

NDIS Inner Gippsland area:

  • ​City of Latrobe
  • Shire of Bass Coast
  • Shire of Baw Baw
  • Shire of South Gippsland

Please contact the ECEI Partner:                                                                                                        Link Health and Community                                                                                                                  8-9 Commercial Place Drouin,  VIC 3818                                                                                               Phone: 1800 LINK ECEI (1800 5465 3234)                                                                                               Email: linkhc@linkhc.org.au  

NDIS North East Melbourne area:

  • ​City of Banyule
  • City of Darebin
  • City of Whittlesea
  • City of Yarra
  • Shire of Nillumbik

Please contact the ECEI Partner:                                                                                            Brotherhood of St Laurence,                                                                                                                 293 High St, Preston,  VIC 3072                                                                                                        Phone: 1300 BSL ECEI (1300 275 323)                                                                                                Email: ECEI.access@bsl.org.au

NDIS  Outer Eastern Melbourne areas:

  • City of Knox
  • City of Maroondah
  • Shire of Yarra Ranges

Please contact the ECEI Partner:                                                                                                        Link Health and Community                                                                                                                   54-56 Landscape Dve,  Mooroolbark                                                                                                        OR      2444 Warburton Hwy, Yarra Junction                                                                     Phone     1800 LINK ECEI (1800 5465 3234)                                       Email: linkhc@linkhc.org.au          

NDIS Ovens Murray area:

  • ​City of Wodonga
  • Shire of Alpine
  • Rural City of Benalla
  • Shire of Indigo
  • Shire of Mansfield
  • Shire of Towong
  • Rural City of Wangaratta

Please contact the ECEI Partner:                                                                                                         Merri Health                                                                                                                                              62-68 Ovens Street Wangaratta,  VIC 3677                                                                                               Phone: 1300 665 491                                                                                               Email: ecei@merrihealth.org.au   

NDIS Wimmera South West area:

  • ​City of Warrnambool
  • Shire of Corangamite
  • Shire of Glenelg
  • Shire of Hindmarsh
  • Rural City of Horsham
  • Shire of Moyne
  • Shire of Northern Grampians
  • Shire of Souther Grampians
  • Shire of West Wimmera
  • Shire of Yarriambiack

Please contact the ECEI Partner:                                                                                                          Latrobe Community Health Service                                                                                                          142 Firebrace Street Horsham,  VIC 3400                                                                                             OR                                                                                                                                                           1/505 Raglan Parade Warrnambool 3280                                                                                              Phone: 1800 242 696                                                                                               Email: ndis@lchs.com.au     

NDIS transition

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 (xls - 87.5kb)delivering Early Childhood Supports will be made available here and updated regularly.

To visit the website, see: NDIS