What is the NDIS?
NDIS is a government funded program to assist people with a disability to receive individualised services that they, their families and carers need. Visit the NDIS website for more information.
Is my child eligible for the NDIS?
To access the NDIS, your child must meet certain eligibility requirements. Your child must:
- Have a permanent and significant disability that affects your ability to take part in everyday activities
- Are under 65 years of age when you first access the scheme
- Are an Australian citizen, a permanent resident or a New Zealand citizen who holds a Protected Special Category Visa.
Learn more about eligibility requirements here.
Not sure how to get started with NDIS?
- If you are not sure what to do feel free to contact EarlyEd for advice
- Find out about what EarlyEd can offer you while waiting for NDIS
- Call NDIS directly
- Call your local ECEI Provider
Currently the pathways to NDIS for children 0-6 years is changing. EarlyEd is happy to support you with the most recent information until you can get started with an ECEI Provider.
EarlyEd can provide families/carers with pre-planning advice and access to interim services while you wait for your NDIS plan. We have been involved with the NDIS since the rollout in 2016 and have solid experience in helping children with disabilities and their families prepare for their first meeting with their National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) representative. We will also help you get in touch with an early childhood partner who can help you meet access to NDIS and develop your child’s plan.
Does EarlyEd provide services under NDIS?
I am currently receiving services from another provider. Can I receive services from EarlyEd?
Yes. The NDIS is designed to enable choice and control for people with a disability. This includes allowing flexibility in how you spend your funds. You are able to receive services from multiple providers simultaneously or switch providers at any time. Contact EarlyEd if you are interested in receiving further information about our range of services.
How do I get support to make sure my child gets the most out of their plan?
Because EarlyEd has a team of early intervention staff we can help you:
- take a holistic view of your child’s needs
- plan for the future
- prioritise goals
- choose the most appropriate services designed to goals
Our main focus is that we provide services that most meet your child’s and family’s needs. Our staff listen to your concerns and tailor your activities to suit your needs.
My child is not eligible for NDIS funding. Can I still access services from EarlyEd?
Yes – you can access all of EarlyEd’s services even if you aren’t eligible for NDIS funding. Families can pay for services using other forms of funding including private health insurance, HCWA/Better Start, Medicare or private funding. Learn more about funding options available here.
Services at EarlyEd
What services are offered by EarlyEd?
EarlyEd delivers early intervention services for children with disability or where there are concerns about their development. Our range of services are designed to suit your child’s individual needs and include individual therapy services (e.e. speech pathology, physiotherapy, occupational therapy), group programs, parent training programs and other specialist services.
To explore the services we have on offer visit here.
What is the age of children you support?
Can services be delivered at my child’s home, school or childcare/preschool?
We understand it is important for children to have support where they need it most. We can provide services at any of these places:
- at your home
- at your child’s childcare centre, preschool or school,
- in the community
- at one of our EarlyEd centres
What does EarlyEd charge for services?
EarlyEd’s pricing is in line with the current NDIS price guide. Before receiving services, we will arrange a quoting session to clearly explain all the costs relevant to you.
Does EarlyEd charge for travel?
EarlyEd charges travel in line with the NDIS price guide. Currently this states where a support worker travels from one participant appointment to another, up to 20 minutes of time can be claimed against the next appointment at the hourly rate for the relevant support item. As part of our quoting session, EarlyEd will explain travel costs and how these are charged.
What is the key worker approach?
A Key Worker is an early childhood intervention professional. Your Key Worker is the person you will see and talk to the most at EarlyEd, will be the main worker involved with your family, will organise the services you receive and coordinate the team who will support your child. Find out more about our key worker approach here.
What therapists do you have as part of your team?
Do you offer support coordination?
Yes. If necessary we can coordinate support for families of eligible children. If you think you need help in this area please contact us. Find out more here.