How do I prepare for my child's planning meeting?

To make the most of the NDIS for your child, you need to be prepared for their NDIS planning meeting.

My child is eligible for the NDIS, what's next?

After this first contact, a NDIS representative (which is a person who works for the NDIA, an Early Childhood Partner or even the Local Area Coordinator) will contact you to organise a time for your child’s NDIS planning meeting.

What will happen at my child’s NDIS planning meeting?

A NDIS representative (Early Childhood Partner, Local Area Coordinator or NDIS Planner) will work with you and your child to create an individualised NDIS plan. They do this by asking questions about your child’s life.

You will talk about the support your child gets from family, friends, mainstream providers (i.e. kindergarten, childcare, school) and community activities or service providers you use.

In the planning session, you will discuss your child’s needs and goals.

More information regarding the NDIS planning process for children, and how you can prepare for it, can be found in Yooralla’s free guide to the NDIS for your child.

How should I prepare for my child’s NDIS planning meeting?

When should I start to prepare for my child’s planning meeting?

You should begin to prepare now so you are ready for your child’s transition to the NDIS when the NDIS becomes available in your area.

How do I prepare for my child’s planning meeting?

To make the most of the NDIS for your child, you need to be prepared for your child’s NDIS planning meeting.

This means you need to describe what support your child receives now and think about any areas of additional support that would benefit your child and family.

Yooralla’s free guide to the NDIS for your child includes activity planner tables that you can use to help you to write down all the things you want included in your child’s NDIS plan.

It is important to consider the goals you have for your child. Goals are the basis of your child’s NDIS plan, and supports will only be funded if they help your child to meet these goals.

Yooralla’s free guide to the NDIS for your child can help you to prepare for your child’s NDIS planning meeting.

What should I take to my child’s planning meeting?

What information should I take to my child’s planning meeting?

It is worthwhile gathering information about your child and taking it to your child’s planning meeting. Information can include:

  • reports from doctors or therapists
  • existing health care plans
  • details about current funding (i.e. ECIS), and
  • information about the things you’d like for your child to do.

The information you provide to the planner will assist them with evidence for future supports.

Yooralla has developed a free guide to the NDIS for your child, which can help you to prepare for your child’s planning meeting. The activity planners can help you to think about your child’s current activities and what support they need to do them.

It’s a good idea to complete the activity planner for your child and take it along to your child’s planning meeting to support the discussion with your child’s planner.

Can I bring someone with me to my child’s planning meeting?

You can have family, friends or a service provider (such as a key worker) come to your child’s planning meeting. Some people take their child to these meetings, but others may find this distracting – it’s up to you. Sometimes having a planner meet with your child and family is a great way for them to understand the overall needs of your child and family.

What will I be asked at my child’s planning meeting?

When you have your child’s planning meeting, a NDIS representative (Early Childhood Partner, Local Area Coordinator or NDIS Planner) will ask you questions about your child’s life, so they can work with you and your child to create an individualised NDIS plan.

At your planning meeting you will also be asked how you would like your child’s plan to be managed. This means how you want your child’s service providers and supports to be paid.

The NDIS representative will work with you to decide how you manage your child’s plan, which can be:

  • the NDIS – the NDIS will make payments directly to providers on your child’s behalf and will manage the money in the plan
  • yourself (known as self-managing) – where you manage your child’s NDIS funds and pay the service providers and keep your own records
  • a financial intermediary – which is also known as a plan management agency, or
  • a combination of the above options.
How do I develop goals for my child?

Yooralla has produced a guide to the NDIS for your child, which includes activity planners to help you think about all the aspects of your child’s life and what is really important to your child and your family. This could be things like:

  • friendships and family
  • daily living
  • develop life skills
  • social and recreational activities
  • health and wellbeing
  • transport and support to travel
  • equipment and therapy
  • learning and education
  • home modifications.

A good way to develop goals is to think about what’s important to your child’s development. They could include for your child to:

  • improve their communication
  • improve coordination and muscle control, or
  • access community activities.

Get Yooralla’s free guide to the NDIS for your child to help you think about your child’s goals before their planning meeting.

Contact

For NDIS enquiries or to purchase services using NDIS funding, please contact us:

Phone: 1800 966 725
Email: intake@yooralla.com.au

To find out more about  the NDIS, please contact our Community Engagement team:

Phone: 03 9666 4500
Email:
ndis.infohub@yooralla.com.au

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