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Early Childhood Supports

Early intervention services support your child and family to achieve more positive life change, your way.

How Early Childhood Supports Deliver More

Our early intervention services support children aged up to and including eight years of age to develop their skills so they can participate fully in everyday life.

A key worker, who is trained in children’s development and learning will be by your side, planning and providing services to support your child’s development.  They’ll link in other team members who may include occupational and physiotherapists, speech pathologists, positive behaviour practitioners or habit coaches where this is required. 

Early Childhood Supports Quality of Life Outcomes May Include

  • Language and communication skills to enable your child to better express themselves, understand others, and make friends
  • Playing in ways that enhance cognitive development and opportunities for learning
  • Personal care such as cleaning teeth, toileting, washing and dressing independently
  • Sleep hygiene and routines for mental and physical health for your child
  • Assistive technology to perform tasks more safely, securely, and independently.
  • Navigating transitions such as starting daycare or school, moving home, and changes in family dynamics
  • Gross motor and fine motor skills to enjoy in physical activities
  • Behaviour management for self-regulation and expressing needs and feelings
  • Social skills and interactions for making connections with family, friends and other people in your child’s life.

 

We’re Ready to Get you Started

Your first step to getting started with early childhood support (also known as early intervention) is to meet with a key worker, in your home. They get to know you, your family and child and other members of your support team to understand the outcomes you all want.

Is your child not yet a NDIS participant? Visit our NDIS page for information on getting your plan funded.

How will the Key Worker Model benefit my child and family?
  • a single point of contact provides consistency, which can be particularly beneficial for children who may struggle with transitions or changes 
  • all areas of your child’s life are considered, including their physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development, not just one aspect of their development 
  • the Key Worker coordinates all the services your child needs, which can save you time and reduce stress. They can liaise with other professionals, schedule appointments, and ensure everyone is working towards the same goal. 
  • we’ll consider the needs of your child and family when providing services and strategies that easily fit into your family’s routines and needs 
  • support is provided in the settings where your child spends their time, such as home, school, or community settings.  
  • research shows that the key worker model can lead to improved outcomes for children and families, including better communication, increased satisfaction with services, and improved child and family functioning. 
I only need occupational or speech therapy for my child, can a key worker help with this?

As degree-qualified teachers, our key workers use their specialised training in child development and learning to design and implement strategies to support your child’s development. This includes activities to improve their fine motor skills, language development or strategies to help with their sensory processing issues. These strategies can also be used by other members of your child’s team, such as speech pathologists, occupational therapists and physiotherapists.

Key workers can deliver more than an individual registered occupational therapist, speech pathologist or physiotherapist as they can implement their own strategies and activities as well as those designed by the team of therapists.

Are key workers qualified to deliver therapy if they are not an occupational therapist, speech pathologist or physiotherapist?

As degree-qualified teachers, our key workers use their specialised training in child development and learning to design and implement strategies across developmental areas which include social, emotional, physical, cognitive and language. They do this in a way that engages your family and other important people in your child’s life such as their teacher.  

There are some specialised areas that only a speech pathologist, physiotherapist or occupational therapist can assess and provide advice on. The key worker will link in these team members where this support is required. 

More frequently asked questions are available on the key worker model, the background and experience of our key workers, and how we deliver early childhood supports.

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A Team Approach for Positive Change

Occupational Therapy

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Physiotherapy

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