Early Childhood Approach Partners (ECA). A guide for health professionals.pdf
Who is it for?
Children younger than 7 with developmental delay or disability do not need to be an NDIS participant to receive support through ECA. However, if the early childhood partner identifies that the child would benefit from longer-term, funded early childhood intervention supports, the child must meet the NDIS access criteria for early intervention or disability to become an NDIS participant.
A key part of early childhood intervention is ensuring that parents and caregivers have the information, tools and support they need to help build a child’s capacity within their natural environments, like at home and childcare. This ensures that capacity building is not just limited to formal clinical settings but occurs at every opportunity. This is in line with research that shows the important people in a child’s life have the biggest impact on a child’s learning and development.
ECA support is NDIS access becomes relevant when a child with delay or disability would clearly benefit from a coordinated, long-term, multidisciplinary service response.
Children with a diagnosis … https://ourguidelines.ndis.gov.au/home/becoming-participant/applying-ndis/list-conditions-are-likely-meet-disability-requirements
What do they offer?
Early childhood partners have specialist skill sets in early childhood intervention. Early childhood partners do not provide free diagnostic assessments (e.g., speech pathology diagnostic assessments for language delay). Rather, early childhood partners use their specialist expertise to assess the functional impact of a child’s developmental delay or disability, identify goals, and discuss evidence-based supports that will assist the child/family in meeting these goals.
Importantly, early childhood partners employ a ‘team around the child’ approach, ensuring a holistic assessment of a child’s function based on parent report, objective assessment, and observation of the child. This ensures the right breadth of supports are put in place for a child, supporting the delivery of best-practice early childhood intervention.
Sydney and South East Sydney ECA partners are: