Inclusion for service providers


​​​​Being inclusion-ready means focusing on improving and strengthening inclusive practices, pathways and partnerships across the early years—in programs, settings and services.​

Partnerships across communities support all children’s learning, wellbeing, development and successful transition.

Everyone has a role to play in facilitating partnerships and supporting stronger, more connected communities. Children and families who are part of connected communities experience a greater sense of belonging, positive identity and cultural wellbeing. Similarly, when services and professionals collaborate effectively and work in a community-minded way, they a​​re able to develop more precise and successful solutions.

Early years services work in partnership with families, cross agency colleagues, schools and education services, allied health professionals, elders, communities and other professionals to share perspectives and understand and celebrate different ways of being to deliver an inclusive child-centred approach to improve outcomes for all children.


Early Years Places
These are 'one-stop shops' where families can access multiple services or referrals to specialist services for their children and themselves. They support families with children aged from birth to 8 years of age and respond to the changing needs of local communities. Early Years Places proactively connect with local networks wherever practical, including local kindergarten services.

Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP) (PDF, 3.4MB)
A departmental program provided to support children from birth to 5 years with significant educational support needs arising from diagnosed or suspected disability. ECDPs aim to support children's early learning and help develop valuable skills children need to be successful learners now and as they transition into school.

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI)
For children with a disability or developmental delay under the age of 7 years. Children do not require a diagnosis to access NDIS ECEI services and supports. The NDIS ECEI community partners provide information and advice about supports and services available in your local community, can work with children to provide short-term early intervention supports, and help families access an NDIS plan for their child.

Autism Hub
Provides information and delivers professional learning that supports educators to include, retain and engage children with autism.

Services obligation​​s

​​Children with disability have the same rights as all children. They share with all children the right to be valued as individuals and as contributing members of families, communities and society.

All early childhood service providers have a legislative obligation to make reasonable adjustments for children with disability under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

Kindergarten program providers have additional obligations for reasonable adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

Understanding and meeting service obligations is an important step in enabling children with disability and their families to participate in education and community services in the same way as other children do.

Early Years Connect information sheets on practical application of the legislation include:

  • Disability Discrimination Act 1992 (Commonwealth)
  • Anti-Discrimination Act 1991 (Queensland)
  • Disability Standards for Education 2005 (Commonwealth)
  • Work Health and Safety Act 2011
  • Child Protection Act 1999 (Queensland).​
Last updated 14 June 2022