The NDIA has recently announced a huge change to the age of participants in the early childhood early intervention scheme, extending the age participants are supported from 7 years to 9 years. This change will come into effect from the 1st of July 2023.
This welcome change will mean children and their families are supported through their transition into schooling. This can be a difficult time, so the continuity of support from their Early Childhood partner (ECEI) over this period will hopefully lead to better outcomes for participants.
What is happening from 1st of July 2023:
-Children who are currently NDIS participants turning 7 after the 1st of July 2023, will remain with their early childhood partner until they turn 9, if they require support up to this age.
-Children who are currently NDIS participants, who are turning 7 before the 1st of July 2023, will transition to a local area coordination partner, as is the current process.
-Children younger than 9 with a permanent disability, who are new to the NDIS from the 1st of July 2023, will be supported by an early childhood partner.
It is important to note there will be no changes to eligibility requirements or how the NDIS defines developmental delay. Children under the age of 6 do not need to have a formal diagnosis to be supported by an early childhood partner when there are concerns about their development.
If you are concerned about your child’s development and have already spoken with a health professional reach out to your local early childhood partner (find your closest one here) to discuss your options and help guide you through the application process.
The proven methods of early childhood early intervention can be life-changing for children and their families. Research shows, the sooner a child can access support in their early years for developmental delay, the better off they will be.
If you have any questions about the changes or how these may affect your child don’t hesitate to give us a call on 1300 467 284. For more details on the changes head to the NDIS website here.