NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach

NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach

“The Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach is how the NDIS is working with Early Childhood Providers to deliver early childhood intervention for children aged 0-6 years.

The overall aim of ECEI is to ensure that parents or primary caregivers are able to provide young children who have developmental delay or disabilities with experiences and opportunities that help children gain and use the functional skills they need to participate meaningfully in their environment.

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) recognises that timely access to best-practice early childhood intervention is vital for children with developmental delay or disability to ensure that they achieve the best possible outcomes throughout their life. The ECEI approach aims to ensure children are provided with the right level of support at the right time for the right length of time”.  NDIS, 2017. https://www.ndis.gov.au/ecei


The NDIA has engaged Early Links Inclusion Support Service as an Early Childhood Partner to work with families where a child is identified as needing additional support to meet developmental milestones.


Early Childhood Partners will be the first contact point for families as they commence early intervention support for their child.  The Early Childhood Partner will discuss with families the most appropriate supports that would benefit their child. This includes, providing information and referral to other support services or organisations.   Every child is different, Early Childhood Partners understand this and will tailor the supports to the child and family’s individual needs and circumstances. More information can be found at

NDIS Early Childhood Partners may:

  • Provide information.
  • Refer the family to a mainstream service like a Community Health Service, playgroups or peer support group.
  • Identify if a child may benefit from some short term intervention and provide this service. For example, if a child has developmental delay with a primarily with speech  and language, some initial speech therapy can be provided by the early childhood partner which, over time, will assist to inform the child’s longer term support needs.
  • Identify that a child requires long-term specialised early childhood intervention supports, then assist the family to request access to the NDIS. The early childhood partner will then submit the required information and evidence to the NDIA National Access Team.
  • Where a child is eligible for a funded plan from the NDIS, undertake the planning process with families i.e. develop an NDIA Plan.
  • Coordinate a combination of the options above.


Early Links is happy to support you through the referral process to NDIS and would be delighted to work with you as your nominated Early Childhood Partner.


Accessing ECEI in your area

Early Links Inclusion Support Service is one of the Early Childhood Partners for the following Local Government Areas;  Maitland, Cessnock, Singleton, Dungog, Muswellbrook and the Upper Hunter.

Early Childhood Early Intervention Journey

More information

You can read more about the ECEI approach in the following documents:

Early Childhood Early Intervention approach (DOCX 320KB)