The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has asked ECIA to provide recommendations for a set of national guidelines for Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) practice for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Current practices in ECI in Australia vary across and within states and territories. As a national scheme the NDIS requires guidelines that may be consistently applied in all states and territories. The national guidelines will be based upon best practice evidence and guided by national consultation with key stakeholders.
A national Steering Committee has now been formed to assist with the development of national guidelines. This Committee was appointed through an Expression of Interest. The Steering Committee brings together a collection of individuals with expert knowledge and skills within the field of Early Childhood Intervention which complement the knowledge and skills of the National Guidelines Project Team
The project team will undertake the following steps to develop a set of evidenced based national guidelines which will go out for public consultation in mid-2015. These steps are not necessarily sequential and they will form the basis of the consultation workshops.
- Identify principles of best practice in national and international ECI literature.
- Review current ECI practices across states and territories.
- Compare current practices with principles of best practice.
- Identify environmental factors that may impact upon ECI practices.
- Recommend strategies, tools and resources to address any gaps identified between current practices and principles of best practice