NDIS early childhood approach

Early childhood approach
Link Health and Community is a partner for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) early childhood approach in Inner East Melbourne, Outer East Melbourne, southern melbourne, and Inner and outer Gippsland.

Inner East Melbourne covers the following local government areas:

  • Boorondara
  • Manningham
  • Monash
  • Whitehorse

Outer East Melbourne covers the following local government areas:

  • Maroondah
  • Knox
  • Yarra Ranges

Southern Melbourne covers the following local government areas:

  • Casey
  • Cardinia
  • Greater Dandenong

Inner Gippsland covers the following local government areas:

  • Bass Coast
  • Baw Baw
  • La Trobe
  • South Gippsland

Outer Gippsland covers the following local government areas:

  • Wellington
  • East Gippsland
Early childhood approach

The early childhood approach is how the NDIS is working with early childhood partners to deliver the early childhood approach for children aged younger than 6 with developmental delay or younger than 9 with disability.

The overall aim of the early childhood approach 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 early childhood approach approach aims to ensure children are provided with the right level of support at the right time for the right length of time.

Working in collaboration with sector experts, evidence-based research has been used to design early childhood approach as a family-centred approach. The NDIA will engage early childhood providers around Australia, called early childhood partners, who in their work with the family will use their clinical and specialist expertise in early childhood intervention to understand the child’s developmental delay or disability and the impact on their everyday functioning. Together they will identify goals and using their expertise, the early childhood partner will discuss evidence based supports that can help meet the goals of the child and family.

The type of supports offered will be different for every child and their family according to their individual needs. The early childhood partners enable the NDIA to be implemented at a community level.

The Role of Link HC as an early childhood partner

Link HC is an experienced and qualified organisation with strong local knowledge and understanding of the needs of children and their families to deliver early childhood approach services.

As an early childhood partner, Link HC will be the first contact point for families. We 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, Link HC will tailor the supports to the child and family’s individual needs and circumstances.

As an early childhood partners Link HC 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 those services. For example, if a child has developmental delay with a primary speech delay, 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, submitting the required information and evidence to the National Access team
  • Help apply for an NDIS plan with the NDIA
  • Coordinate a combination of the options above
Accessing early childhood approach at Link HC

Referral can be made by:

  • Yourself
  • Maternal child health
  • Paediatricians
  • GPs

Contact us directly on 1800 LINK ECEI (1800 546 532) or ECEI.LINK.LCHS@ndis.gov.au

See our specialists at

68 Macleod Street, Bairnsdale

7 Bakewell Street, Cranbourne

8-9 Commercial Place, Drouin

Glen Waverley
2 Euneva Avenue, Glen Waverley

Rolling Hills Family & Children’s Services Building
54-56 Landscape Drive, Mooroolbark

1st Floor, 7 Post Office Place, Traralgon

607 Canterbury Road, Vermont

Home visit or community setting visits are also available.


Monday – Friday

For more information about NDIS early childhood approach, please contact us or visit www.ndis.gov.au/understanding/families-and-carers/early-childhood-approach-children-younger-9

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