Early Childhood Intervention Service (ECIS)

ECIS is a state-wide service of the Department of Education (DoE). ECIS has a base in Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, and Devonport.

ECIS mission is to partner with families to promote all children as capable and competent learners, thriving within inclusive early education and community settings.

The service works in partnership with families and other professionals, to maximise developmental achievements of children (birth-4years) with developmental delay and/or disability.

ECIS recognises that families are children’s first and most important teachers. Families are the primary role model in children’s learning and development.

The service focuses on partnering with families in education and community settings to plan for each child’s inclusion. Inclusion means all children can successfully take part in quality learning programs, that acknowledge their individual strengths and interests. This provides all children, with the chance to learn and interact with other children.

ECIS supports children and families to access and take part in early years programs and supports in their community. This maximises learning and supports successful transitions through appropriate adjustments.

Between now and 2025, ECIS is transitioning to an ‘Early Years Inclusive Coach’ model. This refocus will build the capacity of educators in early education and community settings, to help educators understand inclusive practice. This will deliver better outcomes for children and families.

The Early Years Inclusive Coach model highlights the DoE’s commitment to inclusive education by supporting all children with a developmental delay and/or disability to be capable and competent learners. This commitment aligns with Commonwealth legislation and the Disability Standards for Education 2005.

The Department of Education promotes high quality inclusion for all children through a whole community, shared approach by:

  • Collaborating with all services to support families access local early learning environments
  • Making appropriate adjustments to meet the child’s development needs
  • Connecting families in their local community
  • Promoting community awareness of inclusion for all children with diverse needs
  • Supporting successful transitions for children and families through collaboration
  • Building a team around the child by working with other early childhood intervention services, including the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) Early Childhood Approach (ECA)

The Department of Education provides a range of Early Years programs and initiatives. These include Launching into Learning, Child and Leaning Family Centres, Libraires. ECIS provides support and planning for inclusion in all these programs, including community settings.

Are you concerned about your child’s development?

If you have concerns speak with a doctor, Child Health Nurse, or other health professional.

Parents may refer their child to Early Childhood Intervention Service.

NDIS ECA supports children (birth-6 years) who have a developmental delay or disability. The aim of the NDIS ECA approach is to provide supports to children early. Early support provides children the best chance of achieving their potential.

Contact NDIS on: 1800 800 110

For more information visit:

The early childhood approach | NDIS

Families – Where to find help – Reimagine Australia

If you need further information or support, you can contact ECIS in your region.

ECIS contact details:

  • Burnie: Phone: (03) 6430 4200
  • Devonport: Phone: (03) 6447 1293
  • Launceston: Phone: (03) 6344 1729
  • Hobart: Phone: (03) 6231 1625

Exemption from Kindergarten for ECIS exiting students

All children who have turned four years of age by 1 January 1st  in any year are eligible for enrolment.  Any exception to this is on the basis of early entry to kindergarten for students assessed as gifted.

It is recognised that the preferred option for all students, in order to gain the most benefit from the available years of schooling, is participation in kindergarten, providing an important foundation year for learning.

Who can refer a child to Early Childhood Intervention Service?