How do the access requirements vary for early childhood early intervention?
The Early Childhood Early Intervention gateway provides for a different approach to accessing supports and services specifically for children aged 0 to 6 years of age. The involvement of an Early Childhood Partner as a family’s first point of contact is able to provide immediate support and advice to the child’s family, link them to mainstream services; and supply short term intervention services (where these are determined to be required). Many children and their families will have their support needs met through this process.
If the Early Childhood Partner determines that the child needs long-term specialised early childhood intervention supports, they will provide assistance to the family to request access to the NDIS for an individualised plan. The Early Intervention Partner will also develop the individualised support plan with the child and family and submit the plan to NDIA for approval.
The NDIA and the Early Childhood Partner will work together to ensure that the plan meets NDIS requirements and meets the child and family’s needs. The Early Intervention Partner is considered to have expertise about early intervention; is knowledgeable regarding the child’s needs; and knows the NDIS requirements. This different access process reduces the likelihood of the individualised plan not meeting the person’s needs therefore decreasing the risk of the need to access review and appeals processes.
The infographic below provides an overview of the access, support and review processes involved in the Early Childhood Early Intervention gateway.
1 Paediatricians, GPs or maternal child health practitioners can refer through existing referral pathways into early childhood intervention. You can also self-refer to your local Early Childhood Partner or contact the NDIA to be directed to your local Early Childhood Partner.
2 The likelihood of the individualised plan meeting the needs of the child and family is increased due to the Early Intervention Partner's expertise in early intervention; knowledge regarding the child's needs; and knowledge of the NDIS requirements.
 Source - the NDIA information on Early Childhood Early Intervention
 Source - graphic created by National Disability Services based on the information from the NDIA Early Childhood Early Intervention and the role of the Early Childhood Partner