The NDIS early childhood approach explained

The NDIS developed the early childhood approach to assist children 0-6 years of age, who have developmental delay or disability. The early childhood approach acknowledges that children have special needs, requiring different support to adults.

The NDIS has partnered with early childhood organisations to deliver the early childhood approach. These are known as an Early Childhood Partner, and they are the point of contact for parents who feel their child has developmental delay or disability. They have special skills and experience in supporting children with developmental delay or disability, and may be allied health clinicians.

The Early Childhood Partner will discuss with you the most appropriate supports that will assist your child.

For children 0-6 years old, an Early Childhood Partner will meet with you to work out your child’s support needs, whether they have developmental delay or disability, and to give you information. The next steps will depend on your child’s needs.

NDIS pathway for children 0-6 years

If the Early Childhood Partner determines that your child is best supported by a NDIS plan, they will request NDIS access for your child; and once access is confirmed, the Early Childhood Partner will work with you to develop your child’s NDIS plan.

If the Early Childhood Partner determines that your child is best supported in another way, they may connect you and your child with supports in your community, or provide some short-term early intervention.

Early Childhood Partners will monitor your child’s progress, and if your child enters the NDIS, the Early Childhood Partner may also help with your child’s 12-month plan review.

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