Five things to consider when choosing services that will help
make your family goals comes to life.
Research and Evidence from around the world has been collected for decades on what works and what doesn’t in ECEI. Talking with ECEI services about their practices and discussing the evidence behind these will help you choose a quality provider. Here some tips to get you started:
- Question the service about their approach. A service should be talking about the individual needs for your child and family and services should be structured around these. This is called a Family Centred Approach and this approach should be understanding of culture, beliefs, race, background and circumstance.
- Your child has the same right as any other child to meaningfully participate in family and community life. Your ECI service should be talking about ‘inclusion’ and should be supporting you and your child to be actively engaged and involved in the community.
- You may hear the word ‘capacity building’. This means that the partnership you have with the ECI professionals will be around sharing of knowledge and skills between you both. They will share their professional knowledge so you can make the most of the many everyday learning opportunities that are part of your daily life.. If you are not getting the feeling it is a partnership than ask how you will be involved such as structuring intervention around everyday routines such as bath time, meal time or playing with their siblings.
- Take a leading role. All families regardless of circumstances play a leading role in the learning experiences for their children. These experiences can be strengthened through a partnership with an ECI service. As the main person in your child’s life you should be resourced and equipped so development happens between visits with the service rather than only on visits.
- Services will talk to you about outcomes. Ask the service how they measure outcomes and how you are involved in this process. Outcomes are for you and your family to own and be proud of so the language should make sense for you. These outcomes should focus on achievements and be based around your child’s strengths. They should also align with your NDIS goals.