Early Links Inclusion Support Service has been offering high quality Early Childhood Intervention services in the Hunter region since 1988. Our program supports children, birth to 8, with a developmental delay, disability or who are at risk of developing a developmental delay. Support is offered in the home, school and community settings. Four percent of Australian children will have a diagnosed disability or developmental delay. Both International and Australian research identifies early childhood intervention that is delivered as part of the child’s everyday routine as having long term benefits for the child, family and community. Early Links works to facilitate the meaningful inclusion and individual development of children with additional needs. We do this by providing families and educators with clear and accurate information to help understand how to support children’s developing skills.
Early Links Philosophy
At Early Links we:
✤ believe that inclusion into all aspects of community life is a basic right for all children and their families. We believe that children thrive in environments that recognise and cater for their individual strengths, learning styles and their families’ cultural context.
✤ strive to build strong relationships within the community to facilitate a sense of belonging for children and their families. We believe in supporting and empowering families, as they are the most important influence in their children’s lives and also advocates and decision makers for their children.
✤ strive to provide the highest quality early childhood intervention support service possible through reflection of best practice principles. Support to those we work in partnership with includes information sharing, resourcing and training where needed.
Early Links Mission
Every child, every opportunity.
Early Links Vision
Communities where every child participates and every family is respected.
Early Links Values
- We value each child as a unique being
- We value and respect a family’s love and hopes for their child
- We value relationships as the basis for all learning and well-being
- We value the importance of play
- We value inclusive communities as the best learning environments for all children
- We value the possibilities that exist for every child
- We value diverse abilities and experiences
- We value the joy of childhood
Locations where we provide services
Support is provided in the home and in community settings (such as early childhood centres, playgroups, schools, sporting and recreation groups).
Early Links provides support in the Lower and Upper Hunter areas including the Local Government areas of:
- Upper Hunter (including Scone, Murrurundi and Merriwa)
Support outside of these geographic areas is provided at the discretion of the Service Manager.
Management of Early Links Inclusion Support Service
Early Links is managed by a voluntary committee consisting of parents, early childhood staff and interested community members. New members are always welcomed.
Contact our Service Manager for more information:- firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Links Staff
Early Links employs a highly skilled team of professionals to work across the Hunter. We pride ourselves in keeping up to date on local networks, community resources as well as best practice standards for our sector. Our staff have a range of qualifications including:
- Special Education Teachers
- Behaviour Support Facilitators
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech Pathologists
- Finance and Administration Team
Resources We Have Available:
Early Links Inclusion Support Service has a range of material available for families, schools and early childhood centre staff. These include:-
- General information handouts (free)
- Printed leaflets and pamphlets (free)
- Books and DVDs/videos (loan)
- Toys and equipment (loan)