What is early childhood intervention?

Early childhood intervention is a term that is often used to refer to therapies and specialised support for children with developmental concerns, developmental delay or a disability.

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KU supports and services

KU acknowledges that every child develops differently and, most importantly, that families know their child best. At KU you will find a variety of programs and therapy options to support your child and family's individual needs in targeted locations across NSW and Victoria.

As a registered provider of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Early Childhood Supports, our early childhood intervention programs and services can be accessed through various pathways, including a child’s NDIS Plan, a Medicare plan approved by a General Practitioner (GP) or via fee-for-service options.

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Group programs

KU Starting Points Macarthur

Playgroups
  • Airds
    14 Waterhouse Road, Airds NSW 2560 (in the grounds of KU Briar Cottage Preschool)
    Monday and Thursday, 10:00am - 12:30pm
  • Cobbitty
    St Paul’s Anglican Church Hall
    330 Cobbitty Road, Cobbitty NSW 2570
    Tuesday 9:30am - 11:30am and Wednesday 10:00am - 12:30pm
Early intervention preschool programs
  • Stepping Stones
    14 Waterhouse Road, Airds NSW 2560 (in the grounds of KU Briar Cottage Preschool)
    Tuesday and Wednesday, 9:30am - 12:30pm
Supporting children with autism
  • Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) group
    14 Waterhouse Road, Airds 2560 (in the grounds of KU Briar Cottage Preschool)
    Friday, 9:30am - 11:30am

Contact us at ku.startingpointsmacarthur@ku.com.au for more information.

KU Starting Points Penrith

Playgroup

Contact us at ku.startingpointspenrith@ku.com.au or 0428 380 031 for more information.

KU Liverpool Preschool

Support for children diagnosed with autism or displaying early signs of autism (ESDM therapy small group sessions)
  • On the grounds of KU Liverpool Preschool
    90 Memorial Ave, Liverpool NSW 2170

Individualised support options

Early childhood intervention support options are provided by a dedicated multidisciplinary team of qualified and experienced professional therapists who each have a strong understanding of child development and the principles and practices related to their field of expertise.

Working collaboratively with each child’s family and support network, they provide assessments and therapy options to reflect the individual needs, strengths and learning goals of each child.

We offer these tailored supports at the following locations:

Illawarra area

Support for children diagnosed with autism or displaying early signs of autism (ESDM therapy clinic sessions)
  • On the grounds of KU Figtree Preschool
    77 Uralba St, Figtree NSW 2525

Alternate venue options:

  • Early childhood services
  • Community settings

Contact us at ku.alliedhealth@ku.com.au or 0411 317 419 for more information.

Macarthur area

Speech therapy and occupational therapy clinic sessions
  • Alongside the grounds of KU Briar Cottage
    14 Waterhouse Road, Airds NSW 2560

Alternate venue options:

  • Early childhood services
  • Schools
  • Home visits

Contact us at ku.startingpointsmacarthur@ku.com.au or 4620 0091 for more information.

Liverpool area

Support for children diagnosed with autism or displaying early signs of autism (ESDM therapy)
  • On the grounds of KU Liverpool Preschool,
    90 Memorial Ave, Liverpool NSW 2170

Penrith area

Speech therapy clinic sessions
  • 69 Derby Street, Penrith NSW 2170

Alternate venue options:

  • Early childhood services
  • Schools

Riverina

Support for children diagnosed with autism or displaying early signs of autism (ESDM therapy clinic sessions)

On the grounds of KU Ashmont Preschool and Family Centre,
2 Moxham Street, Ashmont NSW 2650

Contact us at ku.startingpointspenrith@ku.com.au or 0428 380 031 for more information.

Alternate venue options:

  • Early childhood services

Contact us at ku.alliedhealth@ku.com.au or 0411 317 419 for more information.

Sydney City, Eastern Suburbs, Inner West and Lower North Shore areas

Speech therapy
  • Within KU services only

Discuss available support options with the Director of your KU service or contact us at speech.pathology@ku.com.au.

Sutherland Shire

Child psychology - play based clinic sessions
  • On the grounds of KU Sutherland Preschool,
    677 Old Princes Highway, Sutherland NSW 2232

Alternate venue options:

  • Early childhood services

Contact us at ku.alliedhealth@ku.com.au or 0411 317 419 for more information.

Victoria

Child psychology via telehealth

Contact us at ku.alliedhealth@ku.com.au or 0411 317 419 for more information.


Therapy and Key Worker transdisciplinary support

Therapy

KU provides a range of early childhood intervention support via our team of therapists, including assessments and ongoing support. The location of the therapists varies, so please contact ku.startingpoints@ku.com.au for more information.

  • Speech therapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Behaviour management
  • Child Psychologist

Key Worker transdisciplinary support

What is transdisciplinary early childhood intervention?
  • A team of professionals who work together, and share the responsibilities of evaluating, planning and implementing services for your child and your family.
  • Your family is a valued member of the team, and you and other important people in your child’s life are involved in all aspects of the agreed intervention. The KU team will work in partnership with your family to support the goals you have for your child and family.
  • One professional is chosen as the primary service provider or Key Worker for your family. The Key Worker will be the main person working with your family to extend your child’s skill development opportunities in everyday life.
Key workers

Your Key Worker will be an Early Childhood Intervention professional who may be an Early Childhood Teacher with experience or qualifications in early intervention/specialist education or a therapist such as a Speech Pathologist or an Occupational Therapist.

Your Key Worker is university trained, knowledgeable and experienced in Early Intervention and is supported by all the other professionals on their team.

The Key Worker is also able to make joint visits with another therapist if a specific therapy requirement needs to be met.

Support in everyday natural settings

Your Key Worker can work with your family and child in any everyday setting that you have decided on, including home, school, the shops, the park, preschool, dance lesson, or perhaps attending a medical appointment with you. We can support your child’s school, early childhood service and community settings to support their meaningful participation. We can provide support during transition times in your child and family’s life, such as into educational and community settings.

Key Workers are available in a number of different regions. For more information please contact us via email at ku.startingpoints@ku.com.au.