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Early childhood supports (also known as early childhood intervention) are currently provided to children aged up to seven years with developmental delay or disability and their families.
Everyday Independence offers our early childhood services (ECS) the Everyday Way. Our unique approach is about ensuring NDIS-funded services deliver more positive life change than families imagined possible. Using a key worker model to deliver ECS, families primarily work with one practitioner, the key worker, who delivers their therapy and is their main point of contact for all their services.
In this blog, we’ll unlock the magic of the key worker model and how our key workers help children and families to make more positive life changes.
At Everyday Independence, our key workers are degree-trained professionals with practical experience and an understanding of children’s development. They possess expertise in various fields, including education, social work, occupational therapy, speech pathology, and physiotherapy. They are highly trained in looking at a child’s and family’s needs from all angles, identifying any obstacles to developing everyday skills, building independence, and being fully included.
Key workers are distinct from Key Contacts who work in certain regions, such as Western Australia or South Australia. Key Contacts act as support coordinators, coordinating a participant’s therapy providers. In comparison, Key Workers are qualified practitioners who deliver therapy and other services directly to participants.
There are many benefits of the key worker model, including:
This model is widely considered best practice in supporting a child’s developmental needs because it leads to better long-term outcomes for the child and family.
The role of a key worker is to plan, deliver and coordinate the family’s services on behalf of their broader team. The key worker delivers therapy and draws on specialised expertise from other practitioners when needed. They collaborate closely with the family to understand the child and the family’s priorities and aspirations. They then create a Child and Family Support Plan that outlines the specific strategies and services required to help the family achieve their outcomes. The key worker reviews this plan each year with the family, making any necessary adjustments to adapt to the child’s increasing abilities or changes in circumstances.
Our key workers provide a range of services, including:
Our key workers deliver services in the places where the child spends their time. This includes home, kinder, school and other places in the community. Support delivered in these environments provides the best opportunity for children to learn and practice their new skills.