The first few years of a child’s development are crucial in setting the foundation for lifelong learning, behaviour and health.
Effective early intervention programs are crucial to enable every child to access every opportunity to reach their potential.
It is socially and economically more effective in the long term to focus on early intervention and prevention, rather than on treating a problem after it has developed. Put simply, prevention is better than cure.
Children enrolled in our onsite early education and care (ECEC) programs at The Infants’ Home can access additional support through our integrated team of educators, directors and allied health professionals. Children and families with identified needs are supported within the ECEC programs by all members of the integration team.
For example, a child with a global developmental delay disclosed or identified during or following enrollment would be referred to our Health and Early Childhood Consultant who conducts an assessment of the support needed for that child, then consults with the director of the relevant ECEC program, the allied health team and the educators who will be working with that child.
In the case of global developmental delay, our speech therapist(s), occupational therapist(s), ECEC focus educator and director would meet to develop an Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) to set goals for supporting the child's development. This team would then meet regularly with the family and any external agencies (e.g. Plumtree, Lifestart, Koorana) to monitor progress and make referrals as necessary.
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