National Guidelines for Best Practice

The ‘Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) National Guidelines’ were developed to ensure that ECI practice is provided consistently across all Australian states and territories under the NDIS.

The guidelines provide a framework for universal and high quality ECI practice for children with a disability and/or developmental delay. This is regardless of whether the service is provided by government, non-government, large, small, sole non-for-profit service providers or private providers anywhere in Australia.

Based on national and international research the guidelines recognise four quality areas comprising of eight key best practices. The four quality areas are family, inclusion, teamwork and universal principles.

The guidelines help to ensure families can be confident that the support they access for their child will be of a high standard wherever they are located in Australia.