What do ECDP's do?

Early Childhood Development Programs (ECDPs) support children’s early learning and help develop valuable skills children need through:

  • Engaging children in a wide range of learning experiences to maximise their skills and individual potential
  • Supporting children to participate in their current educational environment so they can learn in both current and future educational environments
  • Assessing and investigating educational support needs prior to prep
  • Supporting transition to prep
  • Establishing partnerships with families, and other key stakeholders, to ensure quality educational outcomes in the critical early years of schooling

Centre-based programs include:

Playgroup: A weekly program for children 0-3 years and their parents/carers. Playgroup aims to promote the child’s acquisition of functional skills by supporting families to understand and enhance their child’s development and learning.

Prior to Prep: Children aged 3-5 years attend a centre based program for 1 day per week. The program provides intensive, planned and explicit teaching of skills needed to access and participate in educational settings. Successful transition to school is a key focus.

Eligibility Criteria

Programs and services for prior-to-prep are targeted to young children birth to 5 years suspected of, or diagnosed as having a disability with significant educational support needs in the areas of:

  • physical impairment
  • intellectual disability
  • hearing impairment
  • vision impairment
  • autistic spectrum disorder
  • speech-language impairment
  • multiple impairments
The process of determining eligibility for access to Early Childhood Development Program and Services will include consideration of all information gathered during the data collection process.

Referral to a program or service does not guarantee entry. Entry to a program will depend on the data gathering process, assessment details, eligibility, and approval.

Significant educational support needs are determined by the impact of the child’s disability on their development across a number of domains.
To maximise participation in the learning environment children will require targeted, explicit and planned support.

Referral Process

Each child requires a letter or report indicating the diagnosis of, or suspected disability by either:
a)​​A medical specialist in the case of a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder; sensory impairment (hearing, physical or visual) or a medical condition with an associated intellectual disability
​b)​A Speech-Language Pathologist in the case of Speech-Language Impairment
​c)​A Guidance Officer and paediatrician in the case of intellectual disability and Global Developmental Delay

Support Team

  • Head of Special Education Services (HOSES)
  • Developmental Guidance Officer (GO)
  • Special Education Teachers
  • Therapists: physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist
  • Teacher Aides
  • Advisory Visiting Teachers (AVTs): Physical Impairment (PI), Hearing Impairment (HI), Vision Impairment (VI)
  • State Schools Registered Nurse

Who can make contact regarding a Referral?

An enquiry to an ECDP can be made by:

  • Parents
  • Teachers
  • Doctors / Specialists
  • Therapists
  • Guidance Officers
  • Psychologists
  • Other agencies (e.g., Early Years Place, Early Childhood Education Centres, Kindergartens, Schools, Child Development Services, Allied Health, IUIH, NDIS – Benevolent Society)

After the initial enquiry, ECDP staff will work with eligible families to gather data as part of the referral process

Regional Contact:

Principal Education Officer
Student Services
North Coast Region
North Lakes
Phone: 3203 9000

ECDP Locations

Each child requires a letter or report indicating the diagnosis of, or suspected disability by either:
​ ​Bribie Island SS ECDP
Address:​​31-63 First Avenue, Bribie Island, QLD, 4507
Phone:​07 3400 2333
​ ​Caboolture East SS ECDP
Address:​​44 Manley Street, Caboolture, QLD, 4510
Phone:​07 5431 6111 / 0475 837 754
​ ​Deception Bay North SS ECDP
Address:​​Old Bay Road, Deception Bay, QLD, 4508
Phone:​07 3897 2333
​ ​North Lakes State College ECDP
Address:​​1-13 Joyner Circuit, North Lakes, QLD, 4509
Phone:​07 3482 5555
Woody Point ECDP
Address:​​85 Georgina Street, Woody Point, QLD, 4019
Phone:​07 3480 4333

Last reviewed 12 October 2022
Last updated 12 October 2022