I have a number of concerns about my child’s learning and development

I have a number of concerns about my child’s learning and development

Who What do they do How
Early childhood intervention services (ECIS)  

What are early childhood intervention services?

Early Childhood Intervention Services support children with a disability or developmental delay from birth to school entry, and their families.

A child-and-family-centred approach based on a partnership between parents and professionals is at the core of Early Childhood Intervention Services.

The overall aim of these services is to provide parents and families with the knowledge, skills and support to meet the changing needs of their child and to optimize the child’s development and ability to be part of family and community life.

 Who provides early childhood intervention services in the western region?

• Noah’s Ark Early Childhood Intervention Service

• Yooralla West

• SCOPE

• Specialist Children’s Services
 

How do you refer to ECIS?

Early Childhood Intervention Services (ECIS) have a centralised intake and referral system for all ECIS services in the Western Region.

Currently you cannot refer directly to a particular service, once a referral is received by the central intake they will contact the family to determine their needs and the family will then go on a waiting list for services.

An ECIS referral form is available through the MCH Service, PSFO service or an early childhood service your child may attend.

Early childhood intervention services contact details

Ph: 9275 7500

http://www.education.vic.gov.au/childhood/parents/needs/Pages/ecis.aspx
 


More information

What is a disability?

A disability is attributable to an intellectual, psychological, sensory or physical impairment or a combination of these impairments and is likely to be permanent and results in reduced capacity for communication, learning or mobility and requires continuing support services.

What is a significant developmental delay?

A child has a significant developmental delay if he/she is delayed in two or more of the following areas:

  • Social/emotional development
  • Self care
  • Receptive language development (how information is understood)
  • Expressive language development (how information is given)
  • Cognitive development (thinking skills/problem solving)
  • Motor and physical development

And requires a multidisciplinary service.