What are we responsible for?
We’re responsible for supports that are specific to a child’s developmental delay or disability. This might be if a child needs more support than other children of a similar age, and more support than what early childhood services must provide as a reasonable adjustment.
This includes early intervention supports that children need to help build their skills, because of their developmental delay or disability. We may fund supports that are both:
- focused on improving a child’s daily living skills, such as communicating with those around them, participating in social activities, and completing self-care tasks such as dressing
- likely to increase a child’s independence and reduce how much NDIS support a child needs in the future, for example with a series or mix of different supports.
Remember, if we’re responsible for funding the support, it must also meet all the other NDIS funding criteria before we can include it in your plan.
Early childhood partners deliver a nationally consistent early childhood approach.
Our early childhood approach is for children younger than 6 with developmental delay or younger than 9 with disability. Children younger than 6 who do not fully meet the definition of developmental delay and have developmental concerns will also be supported through the early childhood approach.
Early connections are part of our nationally consistent early childhood approach, to support children younger than 9 and their families.
They are funded by the NDIS and available when you have concerns about your child’s development, or if your child has a disability. Your child doesn’t need to be an NDIS participant. They can get help with early connections even if they don’t have a diagnosis.
Learn more about the early childhood approach and early connections.