In 2013-2015, the Department of Family & Community Services - Ageing, Disability & Home Care (ADHC) funded ECIA NSW to undertake a project that aimed to build the capacity of the early childhood intervention sector to further improve the inclusion of children with disability and/or developmental delay within their home, early childhood services and community.
The Focus on Early Childhood Inclusion (FECI) had 3 key deliverables:
- establishment of local FECI Networks which provide a forum for peer support in developing best practice inclusive service delivery, information exchange and expanding links with the broader community.
- development of an Inclusion Tool to assist services in identifying inclusive practice strengths and needs and to review changes in those practices over time.
- launch of an online Transition to School Resource which aims to address all aspects of the process to support a smoother transition for the child, and an easier navigation of the system for families through the development of a resource, and the provision of training that can be applied across settings.
A list of all resources produced as part of the project can be found on the Project Resources page including the Inclusion Tool, videos, handouts, resource lists and promotional materials.
Here is the FECI Project Evaluation Report prepared by ARTD Consultants (August 2015).
The FECI project aligns with the Early Childhood Australia (ECA) and Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) Position statement on the inclusion of children with a disability in early childhood education and care (2012). This document sets out a shared commitment to inclusion in ECEC, but for early childhood intervention, it also emphasises the inclusion of children with a disability in all aspects of community life.