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Winners announced for the IFCP Grant

The ECIA NSW/ACT Innovation in Family Centred Practice (IFCP) Grant opened on Tuesday 13th of March 2018. Members of ECIA NSW/ACT providing Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in NSW were able to apply. The closing date for applications was Monday 9th of April 2018. The IFCP Grant received an overwhelming response from the sector with a total of 18 applications received from early childhood services across NSW. There was an excellent spread of large and small organisations from metropolitan, rural, regional and remote areas of the state, and there were many excellent applications, which made the job of the assessment panel particularly challenging!

The ECIA NSW/ACT Innovation in Family Centred Practice (IFCP) Grant opened on Tuesday 13th of March 2018. Members of ECIA NSW/ACT providing Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in NSW were able to apply. The closing date for applications was Monday 9th of April 2018. The IFCP Grant received an overwhelming response from the sector with a total of 18 applications received from early childhood services across NSW. There was an excellent spread of large and small organisations from metropolitan, rural, regional and remote areas of the state, and there were many excellent applications, which made the job of the assessment panel particularly challenging!


ECIA NSW/ACT is pleased to announce SDN Children’s Services, Early Ed. and Plumtree as the successful applicants. ECIA NSW/ACT would like to thank all of the applicants for the time and effort that went into each proposal, and to acknowledge your ongoing commitment to children and families in NSW.


The panel considered amongst other general criteria how well the project could be replicated or scaled, whether the project had clear aims and outcomes measures, whether it had an evidence base and whether the project was considered an innovative approach or idea.

There were 18 proposals received in response to the grant, representing and overwhelming response from the sector in a relatively short timeframe. After significant deliberation, the panel settled on four projects (one withdrew), namely:

  1. SDN: Best-practice family-centred goal setting videos
  2. Early Ed: Babies And Disability - What Families Want Others Families To Know About Early Intervention
  3. Plumtree: Innovation in Family-Centred Practice: Early Childhood Sector Development 

 

Winner: SDN
Project: Best-practice family-centred goal setting videos


SDN will utilise the funding to deliver a set of best-practice family-centred goal setting videos that will be readily accessible via YouTube. These videos will focus on helping families to build their skills, knowledge and confidence around setting goals in an NDIS environment. The project will enable families to develop goals that truly reflect the families’ hopes and aspirations, their child’s identified needs as well as support families to feel prepared and that they have a voice in the process.



Winner: EarlyEd

Project: Babies And Disability - What Families Want Others Families To Know About Early Intervention

The ECIA NSW/ACT grant will provide EarlyEd with the capacity to roll out phase 2 of project started in 2016 to create a family centred Framework for Supporting Babies and Toddlers Involved in Early Childhood Intervention. Not only will the outcomes of the project, the resources and framework reflect family centred practices but the project design and implementation will use a collaborative family-centred approach. EarlyEd is currently looking for:

  • Organisations that might want to participate in the project
  • Families who would like to be part of the project team
  • Families who have or have had a baby that was involved in early childhood intervention services

Contact EarlyEd by emailing: earlyed@earlyed.com.au if you are interesting in joining, contributing or finding out more about the project

 

Winner: Plumtree
Project: Innovation in Family-Centred Practice: Early Childhood Sector Development 
 
The Innovation in Family-Centred Practice: Early Childhood Sector Development Project will provide a range of training options which aim to promote new approaches to:

  • Planning and vision setting for families 
  •  Focus on capacity building and decision supports for families
  • Use of peer workers in ECI organisations
Every ECIA NSW/ACT individual (professional) member and organisational member will be invited to participate in the project through selecting from a menu of training options which will be delivered throughout June - October 2018. 

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