Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) support children with a disability or developmental delay from birth to school entry and their families.
- special education
- information and parent education
- service planning and coordination
- support to access services such as kindergarten and child care.
Services are designed to meet the individual needs of the child and support them in their natural environments, and everyday experiences and activities.
The services aim to provide parents and families with the knowledge, skills and support to:
- meet the needs of their child
- optimise the child’s development
- 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.
ECIS and the NDIS
Funding for Victorian early childhood intervention services is transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Families now access ECIS via NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Partners. Parents and families who are seeking early childhood intervention services should contact their local ECEI partner.
NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Partners can:
- help families to understand the role of the NDIS
- guide families to appropriate supports
- offer independent advice on supports that best meet the child and family’s needs.
Children who are currently receiving ECIS will have a supported pathway to the NDIS.
Our list of approved NDIS providers (xls - 127kb) in Victoria is updated regularly.
A full list of NDIS registered providers is available here.
Find out more about the NDIS transition on the NDIS Victorian Government website.
Service standards for ECIS
Service providers funded by the Department to provide ECIS are required to comply with :