National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)
The NDIS supports people with a permanent and significant disability that affects their ability to take part in everyday activities.
NDIS roll out in NSW
The NDIS will roll out across NSW between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2018.
For more information go to: http://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/nsw
NDIS and Early Childhood Education in NSW
The ECE sector will still be responsible for the education and care needs of children.
Early childhood services will continue to provide reasonable adjustments to support children with disability to participate in early learning and education.
For more information go to: http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/about-ndis-nsw/
National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA)
The NDIA is the body responsible for running the NDIS. The NDIA assesses eligibility for funding supports and works with eligible people to develop support plans.
The NDIA will be working with the families of children with disability directly.
For more information about the NDIA go to: http://ndis.nsw.gov.au/
The NDIA will also be working indirectly through community organisations called Access Partners.
The Department manages two funding programs to support meaningful participation in early childhood education and care programs. These two funding programs will complement the supports from the NDIS.
Working Together Agreement
Why should I read the Working Together Agreement?
The purpose of the Agreement is to ensure that members of a child's support team are delivering consistent and agreed upon supports within an agreed timeline. You will at some point participate in a child's support team and the Agreement will support you to work in a consistent and collaborative way.
The Working Together Agreement Package was developed by Early Childhood Intervention Australia (NSW/ACT) in collaboration with a working group of representatives from the early childhood education (ECE) and early childhood early intervention (ECEI) sectors and government. The purpose of the package is to promote a coordinated approach between families, the ECE and ECEI sectors to ensure positive learning outcomes for young children with disability.
The Package is available at http://www.ecia-nsw.org.au/projects/working-together-agreement
Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach
Why should I read the Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach?
The Early Childhood early Intervention Approach was developed by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) in collaboration with a range of early childhood intervention practitioners and researchers. Familiarising yourself with the Approach will help you to understand who in your local community you will team up with to provide support for children quickly and easily.
Early Childhood Partners
The Early Childhood Partner will be the first contact point for families. They will discuss with the family the most appropriate supports that would benefit the child. This includes providing information and referral to other support services or organisations. Understanding that every child is different, the Early Childhood Partners will tailor the supports to the child and family's individual needs and circumstances.
Who is my Early Childhood Partner?
Find the organisations in your area at https://www.ndis.gov.au/ecei/NSWeceiproviders.html
National Guidelines – Best Practice in Early Childhood Intervention
Why should I read the National Guidelines? The purpose of the Guidelines is to ensure the delivery of robust, evidence-based supports for young children with disability and their families. By familiarising yourself with the Guidelines you will understand what is driving and guiding the ECE and ECEI sector to deliver the best possible supports for children with disability and their families.
The Guidelines were developed using financial assistance from the NDIS Sector Development fund and involved key stakeholders in early childhood education and early childhood early intervention from across Australia.
The National Guidelines comprise of 4 quality areas and 8 key best practices and are available at https://www.ecia.org.au/resources/best-practice-guidelines/national-guidelines-for-best-practice
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