National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
Children First is a registered National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provider.
What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme?
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an Australian Government initiative to provide reasonable and necessary funding and supports for people with a disability. It gives people greater choice and control over the supports they receive by providing funding to service users based on their individual needs, goals, and aspirations.
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Early childhood early intervention is a distinct part of the scheme.
What is Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)?
Children First is an Early Childhood Intervention Transition Provider NDIA.
Early intervention is a broad term. ECEI is for children with developmental delay or disability and is designed to assist children in reaching their full potential. It aims to help them attend a mainstream school, engage fully in community activities and life in general.
More details available at https://www.ndis.gov.au/ecei
Importantly, ECEI does not necessarily mean your child has a disability, just that they may need a little extra help in their early years.
What services do Children First offer under NDIS?
Children First is an established leader in early childhood early intervention services. It will continue to provide the following services, as it has done for many years:
- behaviour support
- speech therapy
- occupational therapy
- nutrition and dietary advice
- family support
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Are there different ways of accessing assistance through the NDIS?
There are two methods:
- Individual NDIS Plans
- Early Childhood Early Intervention
Individual NDIS Plans
Parents, legal guardians or representatives must fill in an Access Request Form to apply to become a participant in the NDIS. The requirements for children under 7 are laid out at:
To access NDIS funding, participants must have a plan. The process is outlined here in My NDIS Pathway
Early Childhood Early Intervention
Most children with a less complex developmental delay should fit into this category to access therapy and dietary assistance. It provides short-term assistance for children who are not eligible for an individual NDIS plan and aims to reduce the need for specialist support and increase the ability to access mainstream services.
If my child is currently receiving support from Children First, what do I need to do now?
Nothing will change for the foreseeable future – business as usual!
Children First are passionate about meeting the needs of your child and has the expertise to help them achieve their full potential. Don’t hesitate to seek assistance on 9622 8500 or [email protected]
Need assistance for your child
Contact the Early Intervention and Disability Support Team on 9622 8500 or [email protected] for an assessment.