ECIS Publications and Policies

ECIS Fact Sheet: 'Who can I contact?'

Information about the Early Childhood Intervention Services.

ECIS Guide for service providers

Information for Early Childhood Intervention Service Providers, see:

Early Childhood Intervention Services literature reviews

The Department has commissioned two literature reviews that research the evidence base of Early Childhood Intervention Services.

To support the development of options for future ECIS service delivery, the Department commissioned the Centre for Community Child Health to develop a literature review of research concerning contemporary Australian and international evidence-based service delivery models for children with a disability, developmental delay or additional needs. To view the literature review, see:

A DVD of Dr Tim Moore presenting key ideas and questions for discussion from the literature review has been produced by Early Childhood Intervention Australia (Victorian Chapter). The DVD comprises four chapters each of which presents information and concludes with questions for reflection and discussion. It is a useful training tool for all ECIS professionals.

To watch the video, see: Early Childhood Intervention Australia (Victorian Chapter)

Early Childhood Intervention practitioner competencies

The Department funded Early Childhood Intervention Association Inc. (Victorian Chapter) to develop competencies for early childhood intervention practitioners, to underpin high-quality service provision for young children with a disability or developmental delay and their families and link with professional development opportunities for the early childhood intervention workforce. These competency statements describe the skills, knowledge, values and belief sets of capable early childhood intervention practitioners.

For more information, see:

Program and Services Guide

This Program and Services Guide is produced for Early Childhood agencies with information about the annual budget, its distribution across a range of services and the way in which the funds allocation and program funding will be managed over the year.

For a full copy of the plan, see: Program and Services Guide

Incident Reporting

The safety of clients is fundamental to quality service delivery. Funded ECIS organisations must comply with the Department's Incident Management Reporting Guidance for ECIS.

This guidance is also applicable to NDIS registered providers of Early Childhood Supports who hold Victorian Approved NDIS Provider status.

The reason for reporting incidents is to manage harm and risk, learn from incidents, and if possible, prevent their recurrence. Reporting enables providers to detect problems and situations that could have been avoided and make the changes to reduce the likelihood of the incident, or a similar incident, occurring in the future.

For full information on incident reporting requirements for ECIS providers and NDIS registered providers of Early Childhood Supports who hold Victorian Approved NDIS Provider status , see:

Where providers are required to report an incident to the Department of Education and Training, the Incident Report Form for Funded Service Providers should be used:

Complaints

All funded ECIS providers and NDIS registered providers of Early Childhood Supports who hold Victorian Approved NDIS Provider status, must have a simply written complaints process available to families and service users. The written advice should state who complainants need to speak to about a complaint, how the organisation will respond and how to take a complaint further. The name and the telephone number of the person who deals with complaints should be displayed at the entrance to the service.

The service should maintain a record of all complaints and their outcomes.

Information regarding complaints processes for early childhood services including templates for provider can be found in the service agreement information kit for funded organisations.

See: complaints management

For more information on making complaints, see: complaints information

Disability Act 2006

The Disability Act 2006 ('the Act') commenced on 1 July 2007. It replaced the Intellectually Disabled Persons' Services Act 1986 and Disability Services Act 1991. The Act provides for:

  • a stronger whole-of-government, whole-of-community response to the rights and needs of people with a disability
  • a framework for the provision of high quality services and supports for people with a disability.

For more information about the Act, see: Disability Act 2006

Autism

An investigation into autism, it's prevalence and service deliver for children aged 0-6 years. For more information, see: Autism Friendly Learning

Program standards

The Victorian Government is committed to supporting early intervention services to provide programs as early as possible in a child's life, to ensure the best outcomes for these children and their families.

For more information, see:

A Fact Sheet has been developed to provide further information about the ECI Standards, see:

Hearing Impairment Information Kit

For more information on the kit, see: Hearing Impairment Kit