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Mission Statement

The Early Intervention Service provides a family centred and comprehensive support system for children with developmental disabilities or delays in the first five years (0-5) of life. The principle is to minimize the delays and maximize the chances of reaching typical milestones in development. It also supports and implements asses​sment procedures to increase the early identification of difficulties and provide the family support as early as possible.

Service Objectives​​​​​

The Early Intervention Service aims to:

  • enhance and support the skills of young children in the following areas of development: Physical (gross and fine motor),Communication and Language, Essential Self-Care-Development, Social & Emotional, Cognitive (reasoning, problem-solving, memory and attention), pre-numeracy and pre-literacy skills;
  • ​minimise the impact of developmental difficulties and delays;
  • liaise and collaborate in multidisciplinary teams to ensure early identification of children who are at risk;
  • contribute to Individual Family Service Plans (IFSPs) and empower families through a partnership so as to maximise the potential of each and every individual child; 
  • enhance learning environments for children by providing support in early childhood settings to create inclusive learning environments;
  • promote the social inclusion of the child together with the family and their engagement in community-based systems. This involves building trust between families and service providers. Families will be guided on how to navigate existing services and systems; and 
  • engage in ongoing Professional Development initiatives in order to upskill Early Intervention Team members.

Services Offered​​​​​

  • Ongoing assessment and Intervention in the child’s natural environment: programmes for children 0-3 years in homes/Childcare Centres, in-class support for children in Kinder.
  • Early identification of children who are ‘at risk’ through the ‘Lenti’ Programme and the Child Development Assessment Unit (CDAU).
  • Attendance in case conferences of children undergoing assessment at the CDAU and providing an educational report.
  • Ongoing assessment and intervention in the children’s natural environment: in homes and Childcare Centres for children between 0-3 years and in-class support for children in Kinder 1 and 2.
  • Support and advice to parents and educators in Childcare Centres and schools in the planning and application of an educational programme that is tailored to the individual needs of the children.
  • Support in the development of Making Action Plans (MAPs) and the development and implementation of Individual Educational Plans (IEPs) in schools.
  • Support in transitions between home and Childcare Centres, between Childcare Centres and Kindergarten and between Kindergarten and Year 1.
  • Workshops for parents/legal guardians, to provide them with practical strategies to further enhance their children’s development. These sessions also help increase parental awareness on the benefits of early intervention.
  • Provide children with diverse learning opportunities through the organisation of various group activities.
  • Support and training provision to Early Years educators as continuous professional development.

Eligibility for the Service ​​​​​

Children are eligible for the Early Intervention service if they are between 0-5 years old and there is an indication of:

  • developmental delay in two or more areas of development (Physical, Communication and Language, Self-Care, Social and Emotional, and Cognitive).
  • a diagnosed condition that has a high probability of resulting in developmental difficulties e.g. Spina Bifida, Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Who can refer children to the Early Intervention Service?​​​​​

The Early Intervention Service has an open referral system i.e. parents/legal guardians, educators from Childcare Centres and schools, and professionals can refer children to the Early Intervention Service, provided they meet the above criteria.

Referral form (mt​)

Early Intervention