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The Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach (ECEI)


What is ECEI?

The Early Childhood Early Intervention Approach (ECEI) is how the NDIS is working with Early Childhood Providers to deliver early childhood intervention for children aged 0-6 years.

The NDIS have recruited organisations to be early childhood partners and deliver the ECEI Approach.

ECEI is a family approach which aims to ensure children are provided with the right level of support at the right time for the right length of time.

Silverlea Early Childhood Services was the Early Childhood Partner for Broken Hill until the 30th June 2018.

Please Note: As of the 1st July 2018 a new Early Childhood Partner was announced - Please direct all further correspondence for ECEI to:


Mission Australia

Georgina Schmich
NDIS Early Childhood Early Intervention Service Area Manager

Western and Far Western NSW

Phone: 1800 932 118

What Happens in ECEI?

The Early Childhood Partner for ECEI will start by asking you what would improve the wellbeing of your child the most and plan from there.

Some of the things an Early Childhood Partner can do include:

  • Provide you with information and develop a profile of your child

  • Refer you to support services like a Community Health, playgroups or peer support group

  • Provide a range of short-term supports. For example, if your child has a developmental delay and isn’t speaking, they might refer to speech therapy or provide other support strategies.

  • If your child requires more intensive long-term support they will assist you to complete a request to access the NDIS.

  • They will undertake the planning process with you if the NDIA approves your request to access the NDIS.


The support that is right for your child might be a combination of the options above.