Early Childhood Development Program

ECDP.JPGWhat is the Early Childhood Development Program?
Caboolture East State School ECDP is a Queensland Department of Education facility, which provides school based programs and services for young children prior to prep (0-5 years) with disabilities who require significant educational support. An application process is followed to determine eligibility to register and attend an ECDP. Children will:
  • have a suspected or diagnosed disability in one or more of the following areas of:
¨  Hearing Impairment (HI)
¨  Visual Impairment (VI)
¨  Physical Impairment (PI)
¨  Speech-Language Impairment (SLI)
¨  Intellectual Disability (ID)
¨  Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • require a high frequency of adjustments and support to:
¨  achieve developmental milestones
¨  participate in learning
¨  develop play skills
¨  engage with peers and adults
The process of determining eligibility for access to Early Childhood Development Program and Services will include consideration of all information gathered during the data collection process.
Referral to a program or service does not guarantee entry. Entry to a program will depend on the data gathering process, assessment details, eligibility, and approval.
Each child has to be referred by either:
a)       A medical specialist in the case of a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder; sensory impairment (hearing, physical or visual) or a medical condition with an associated intellectual disability
b)       A Speech-Language Pathologist in the case of Speech-Language Impairment
c)        A Guidance Officer and paediatrician in the case of intellectual disability and Global Developmental Delay
Early Childhood Development Programs include:
Playgroup: A weekly program for infants 0-3 years and their parents/carers. Playgroup is primarily aimed at delivering direct family support to enhance the family’s ability to support and maximise the development of their child from birth to 3 years.
Playgroup may also encompass an educational component for families as they learn about their child’s disability and the potential impact it may have on their child’s and family’s support needs.

Prior to Prep: Children aged 3-5 years attend a centre-based program for 1 day from 9am – 2pm. Individual programs focus on a more child-orientated delivery of support. As the children move through this phase, the transition to school and school readiness skills becomes a primary focus for the ECDP and/or service.

As children attend ECDP part time, attendance at other educational sites (e.g., Kindy, day care) is highly desirable and encouraged.  ECDP teachers are very happy to liaise with all personnel supporting a child attending the ECDP.

ECDP Support Team:
·         Head of Special Education Services (HOSES)
·         Developmental Guidance Officer (GO)
·         Special Education Teachers
·         Therapists: physiotherapist, occupational therapist, speech-language pathologist
·         Teacher Aides
·         Advisory Visiting Teachers (AVT): Physical Impairment (PI), Hearing Impairment (HI), Vision Impairment (VI)
·         State Schools Registered Nurses
Contact Details:
Caboolture EastECDP
Head of Special Education Services (HOSES): Sue Simpson
Address:              Cnr Tallon and Bradman St
                              Caboolture  QLD  4510
Phone:                 5431 6111


Last reviewed 30 September 2020
Last updated 30 September 2020