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
- assistance and support to access services such as kindergarten and child care.
Services are tailored to meet the individual needs of the child and are focused on supporting the child 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, and
- the 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.
How services are funded
These services are funded through the Department and provided by
- our transdisciplinary Specialist Children's Services teams, and
- funded external ECIS providers.
How families apply for ECIS
Victoria’s ECIS services are transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). During this period, how families access ECIS depends on where they live.
- families who live in areas that have not transitioned to the NDIS access ECIS using the ECIS application form
- families who live in areas that have transitioned to the NDIS access ECIS via the NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention partners
Applications through ECIS
Applications for ECIS are managed by ECIS intake teams across the state.
These teams provide a clear, visible and coordinated entry point into ECIS for families and referring agencies.
ECIS intake teams determine eligibility for ECIS, work with the family to identify concerns, to plan next steps and to make a referral to an ECIS agency.
Details on how to apply and the application form are available via:
applying for ECIS
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is rolling out progressively over three years in Victoria from July 2016. This will mean changes for the:
- way ECIS are accessed
- funding arrangements for service providers.
For more information about the transition to the NDIS, Victoria's Quality and Safeguarding arrangements and other information for ECIS service providers, see:
ECIS and NDIS
Evidence base for ECIS 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)