About ECI

Why are the early years important?

The early childhood years lay the foundation for all future development.

Recent scientific evidence shows that early experiences literally shape our lives by affecting the way the young brain develops. What happens to us in the early years has a major effect on our health and social development right through to adulthood.

Therefore, we must ensure that children's early experiences are positive - that they have a secure foundation for development.

Why are early childhood intervention services important?

The early childhood years are just as important for children with disabilities and developmental delays as they are for all children. All their future development is based on the critical learning patterns laid down during this period.

The early years are also critical for the whole family. This is when families can best begin to learn how to support and nurture their child, how to meet their child's needs, and how to adapt positively to having a child with a disability or a developmental delay.

To achieve these goals, families need the support of Early Childhood Intervention Services.