NDIS releases new early childhood provider report form
A new resource has been released to help early childhood providers to write reports on the progress of children under the age of seven years who are participating in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
The form represents an early outcome of the current review by the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) into the implementation of the Early Childhood Intervention (ECEI) approach, with peak body ECIA VIC/TAS anticipating that the form is one of the first in a series of additional positive changes which will flow from the review in the coming months.
Designed to support early childhood providers to write joint reports for the NDIA to record the progress of children ahead of a participant’s plan review, the new form outlines specific information sought by the NDIA, such as:
- What services were provided and by whom
- A progress update including outcomes achieved, and;
- Future recommendations.
The form will also support families and carers to maintain a record of support received from providers, and the outcomes for their child and family, in the one report. An additional benefit will be that gathering information for the plan reviews will be easier for families and providers because it will be clear what information should be reported.
When NDIS participants have more than one provider, providers are encouraged to collaborate and submit one report for each participant, in alignment with the National Guidelines ECIA Best Practice Principles in Early Childhood Intervention.
Use of the new form is highly recommended, but voluntary. Families of participants are encouraged to discuss the use of the form with their providers.