About ECIS

​All families need ​support, from preschool and child care through to specialist services to address their children's individual needs. Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) support children with a disability or developmental delay, from birth to school entry, and their families.​​

These services are funded through the Department of Education and Training and provided by Specialist Children's Services te​​ams and Early Childhood Intervention agencies.

​The overall aim of these services is to provide parents and families with the knowledge, skills and su​​pport to meet the needs of their child and to optimise the child's development and ability to participate in family and community life. ECIS provide a range of supports, including:
  • information and parent education
  • assessing the individual needs of the child and family
  • assisting families to coordinate services
  • education and therapy programs
  • additional support to improve access and participation in preschool and child care
  • assisting the move to school

All services are provided using a family-centred approach, recognising the importance of working in partnership with the family.

Service providers in Victoria funded by the Department to provide ECIS are required to comply with the

  • the service agreement (and service agreement monitoring kit)
  • regional monitoring by Department personnel.