Welcome to Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) Queensland Chapter
ECIA Qld Chapter to host 2014 National Conference
11th Biennial National Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) Conference 2014
Riding the Wave. Navigating the Tide of Change
ECIA Queensland Chapter is pleased to announce the hosting of the 11th Biennial Early Childhood Intervention Australia National Conference at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 27th to the 30th of August 2014.
Changes to the way families will receive funding for children with disabilities will soon become the reality in Australia. The impact of individualised funding in the early childhood intervention field will mean a major change for families who have a child with disability or developmental delay and also for the specialist and mainstream services that support them. Families of young children birth to 8 years will be making choices about services for their child in a market place that has not existed before.
There will be a shift to supports being offered in community settings, with specialist services changing the way they currently work. Supports will be focussed on natural settings that suit the needs of individual families.
With the voice of inclusion, access and participation in community becoming stronger, there is change for educators in mainstream settings as well, with the need for capacity building of the sector workforce well documented.
This conference will explore how to navigate this tide of change to ensure that best practice in early childhood intervention is maintained and efficacy is promoted in this new environment.
Conference participants will hear from eminent international and national keynote speakers about dynamic programs and services, as well as parent speakers who are taking an active role in working with early childhood intervention practitioners and families. The information shared will promote universal access to home, education and care settings and community life for young children from birth to 8 years with disability and developmental delays.
Come and ride the wave with us; register your interest today.
The Queensland Chapter of Early Childhood Intervention Australia is a non-profit, self-funded organisation that was established in 1992.
Early Childhood Intervention Australia is a nationally recognised association and comprises of members from each of the states and territory of Australia.
Early Childhood Intervention Australia represents parents and professionals supporting and promoting early childhood intervention services for children with disabilities and their families.
Early Childhood Intervention Australia promotes quality research that informs regarding the development, implementation and evaluation of practices in Australia.
Early Childhood Intervention Australia provides a national focus and forum, promotes the public profile of Early Childhood Intervention, facilitates effective liaison and advocacy in the community, and fosters quality information and service provisions.
The Queensland Chapter of Early Childhood Intervention Australia was established in 1992 and has a membership that includes early childhood educators from all sectors of the community, therapists, tertiary students, and other professionals as well as parents of children with disabilities.
The aims of the Early Childhood Intervention Australia Queensland Chapter are to:
• Provide a state forum for communicating and sharing information, philosophies and practices relating to the provision of early intervention services in Queensland. • Raise awareness in Queensland of the nature, role and importance of early childhood intervention services. • Raise awareness in Queensland of the complimentary roles played by generic and specialist early childhood services in meeting the needs of young children with developmental delays or disabilities and their families. • Promote a statewide approach to the training of professional development of staff involved in the provision of early childhood intervention services.