1 May Winners announced for the IFCP Grant May 1, 2018 By Lee Edmondson ECIA News, Sector Development 0 The ECIA NSW/ACT Innovation in Family Centred Practice (IFCP) Grant opened on Tuesday 13th of March 2018. Members of ECIA NSW/ACT providing Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) services in NSW were able to apply. The closing date for applications was Monday 9th of April 2018. The IFCP Grant received an overwhelming response from the sector with a total of 18 applications received from early childhood services across NSW. There was an excellent spread of large and small organisations from metropolitan, rural, regional and remote areas of the state, and there were many excellent applications, which made the job of the assessment panel particularly challenging! ECIA NSW/ACT is pleased to announce SDN Children’s Services, Early Ed. and Plumtree as the successful applicants. ECIA NSW/ACT would like to thank all of the applicants for the time and effort that went into each proposal, and to acknowledge your ongoing commitment to children and families in NSW. The panel considered amongst other general criteria how well the project could be replicated or scaled, whether the project had clear aims and outcomes measures, whether it had an evidence base and whether the project was considered an innovative approach or idea. There were 18 proposals received in response to the grant, representing and overwhelming response from the sector in a relatively short timeframe. After significant deliberation, the panel settled on four projects (one withdrew), namely: SDN: Best-practice family-centred goal setting videos Early Ed: Babies And Disability - What Families Want Others Families To Know About Early Intervention Plumtree: Innovation in Family-Centred Practice: Early Childhood Sector Development Winner: SDN Project: Best-practice family-centred goal setting videos SDN will utilise the funding to deliver a set of best-practice family-centred goal setting videos that will be readily accessible via YouTube. These videos will focus on helping families to build their skills, knowledge and confidence around setting goals in an NDIS environment. The project will enable families to develop goals that truly reflect the families’ hopes and aspirations, their child’s identified needs as well as support families to feel prepared and that they have a voice in the process. Winner: EarlyEd Project: Babies And Disability - What Families Want Others Families To Know About Early Intervention The ECIA NSW/ACT grant will provide EarlyEd with the capacity to roll out phase 2 of project started in 2016 to create a family centred Framework for Supporting Babies and Toddlers Involved in Early Childhood Intervention. Not only will the outcomes of the project, the resources and framework reflect family centred practices but the project design and implementation will use a collaborative family-centred approach. EarlyEd is currently looking for: Organisations that might want to participate in the project Families who would like to be part of the project team Families who have or have had a baby that was involved in early childhood intervention services Contact EarlyEd by emailing: email@example.com if you are interesting in joining, contributing or finding out more about the project Winner: Plumtree Project: Innovation in Family-Centred Practice: Early Childhood Sector Development The Innovation in Family-Centred Practice: Early Childhood Sector Development Project will provide a range of training options which aim to promote new approaches to: Planning and vision setting for families Focus on capacity building and decision supports for families Use of peer workers in ECI organisations Every ECIA NSW/ACT individual (professional) member and organisational member will be invited to participate in the project through selecting from a menu of training options which will be delivered throughout June - October 2018. Attached Files ECIA-Logo-News 7 KB Related Winners announced at the 2017 Excellence Awards On Thursday 25th May 2017, Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) NSW/ACT presented the Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Excellence Awards for outstanding achievements in the ECI sector during the ECIA/NSW Conference at the Novotel Brighton Beach, Sydney NSW. The Excellence Awards were presented on Thursday 25th May 2017 by Margie O’Tarpey, CEO ECIA NSW/ACT during the 2017 Conference, with four awards presented. Plumtree was announced the winner of “Outstanding family-centred and culturally responsive practice” Read More... Early Connections was announced “Champions of Inclusion” Read More... Shaping Outcomes received the award for “Excellent team around the child” Read More... KU Children’s Services secured their place as the winner of “Advancing practice” Read More... “This years’ Excellence Awards was highly competitive and recognised the outstanding achievements of service providers in the early childhood intervention and related sectors” said Margie O’Tarpey, CEO ECIA NSW/ACT. “This important work has contributed to the improvement of the lives of children with a developmental delay or disability, their families and communities. These awards celebrate and acknowledge teams and organisations that demonstrated national best practice in early childhood intervention and excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting children with a developmental delay or disability and their families to achieve their goals. This is a testament to the outstanding work and commitment displayed to improving the capacity of the early childhood intervention sector during this important time of transition to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)” noted Margie O’Tarpey. About the 2017 Excellence Awards Four awards were available at this years’ Excellence Awards, with the category winners demonstrating excellence in their respective area. 1. Outstanding family-centered and culturally responsive practice Recognises early childhood intervention services/professionals/teams that have demonstrated outstanding family-centered practice through: Very strong partnerships with families, where family life, family priorities and choices, drive what happens in planning and intervention Highly responsive practice, which builds on family strengths and assists families to develop their own networks of resources – both informal and formal Outstanding efforts to provide welcoming and culturally inclusive environments, where all families are encouraged to participate in and contribute to children’s learning and development Extensive knowledge and deep respect for diversity, demonstrated through flexible services and supports that are responsive to each family’s cultural, ethnic, racial, language and socioeconomic characteristics. 2. Champions of Inclusion Recognises early childhood intervention services/professionals/teams that have identified and implemented strategies to significantly improve inclusion for children with developmental delay and/or disability and their families: Sustained inclusive and participatory practice, recognising that every child regardless of their needs has the right to participate fully in their family and community life and to have the same choices, opportunities and experiences as other children Outstanding commitment to putting in place additional supports for the children to participate meaningfully in their families, community and early childhood settings The children supported feel accepted and have a real sense of belonging Exceptional dedication to promoting children’s inclusion through participation in their natural learning environments and daily routines, at home, in the community, and in early childhood settings Raise awareness and advocate for inclusion of children with developmental delay and/or disability and their families. 3. Excellent team around the child Recognises early childhood intervention services/professionals/teams that have demonstrated outstanding collaborative and capacity building practice: Outstanding work relationship with families and professionals as a collaborative and integrated team around the child, communicating and sharing information, knowledge and skills, with one team member nominated as a key worker and main person working with the family Exceptional contribution to building the capacity of the child, family, professionals and community through coaching and collaborative team work. 4. Advancing practice Recognises early childhood intervention services/professionals/teams that have demonstrated practice improvement and advancement through: Innovative intervention strategies that are grounded in research and sound clinical reasoning Demonstrated continuous improvement and high quality services based on the ECI key best practices Focus on the outcomes that parents want for their child and family in terms of participation in meaningful activities, and on identifying the skills needed to achieve these outcomes. The Excellence Awards were presented during the ECIA NSW/ACT Conference on 25-26 May 2017. About ECIA NSW/ACT Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) NSW/ACT is the peak body for early childhood intervention in NSW and the ACT. Formed in 1982, our mission is to promote the awareness and importance of early childhood intervention and inclusion for children with a developmental delay or disability. We represent, support and develop organisations, professionals and practitioners working with young children with a developmental delay or disability, their families and communities. Media Contact Lee Edmondson Communications & Marketing Manager (ECIA NSW/ACT) (02) 9873 2593 firstname.lastname@example.org Follow ECIA NSW/ACT Twitter: @ECIAnswact | #ECIA2017 Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ecia.nsw/ Website: http://www.ecia-nsw.org.au ILC National Readiness Grants The 2nd grant round closes at 2pm on Friday 29 September 2017 The Australian Government is inviting applications via an open competitive process to apply to deliver services under the Implementing Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) – ILC National Readiness Grants from 2017-18 to 2018-19. As part of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), the Information, Linkages and Capacity Building (ILC) National Readiness Grants are designed to make the community more accessible and help increase the independence, social and community participation of people with a disability. Click here for more information or to apply. Grant in Aid Funding 2017 – Report for Members Grant in Aid Funding 2017 – Report for Members ECIA NSW/ACT, through funding provided by the NSW Department of Education, provided sponsorship opportunities to our members throughout NSW for one-off events that provide support to families in relation to the educational needs of their young children with diverse disabilities and/or developmental delays. In 2017, organisations were able to apply for assistance to support a project that is responsive to identified local need to a maximum value of $2000 per project. These small grants make a significant difference to the successful applicants’ capacity to respond to their locally-identified family information and support needs. Following submissions, funding was awarded to: · All Together Therapy in Port Macquarie: Positive parenting workshop for challenging behaviours · CRANES in Grafton: Early Childhood Intervention Information Day · Early Connection in Port Macquarie: Thriving at School workshop for families who had a child starting school in 2018 · Early Ed in North Sydney: Informed decision making for Augmentative and Alternative Communication choice workshop · Monaro Early Intervention Service in Cooma: Visuals – what they are and how to use them workshop The activities offered received very positive feedback from the families who participated. In particular, all the events helped build capacity and confidence of parents to assist their child as well as their family. Many of the providers utilised the funding to engage presenters and subject matter experts, which for regional families especially can find it difficult and expensive to source on their own. Image: Parents at the workshop Thriving at School in Port Macquarie With the coming restructure of ECIA to a National body, 2017 was the final year that ECIA NSW/ACT will administer the Grant in Aid funding. Thank you to all the members who applied for funds and provided much valued workshops and events for their community. CEO Report April 2018 Margie O'Tarpey (CEO ECIA NSW/ACT) talks about the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Tender, the release of the 'Gaps' Position Paper, the winners of the Innovation in Family Centred Practice (IFCP) Grant, sector developments and the NDIS, ECIA National, projects including ECIA NSW/ACT e-Learning, National Best Practice, the research project and ECIA NSW/ACT programs and initiatives. Read More... FACS is providing $5.6m for the well-being of Carers in NSW Carers Investment Program The Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) is providing $5.6m over three years for projects that will improve the well-being of carers in NSW. Carers are people who provide ongoing unpaid support to people who need help because of disability, mental illness, chronic or terminal illness, dementia or frail age. The Carer Investment Program has evolved from the current Carer Grants program. FACS will continue to invest $1.86m per annum in projects to improve support for carers, with a focus on evidence-based outcomes and alignment with carer priorities identified in the NSW Carers Strategy 2014-19, the NSW Carers (Recognition) Act 2010 and other relevant reforms in the sector. FACS will consider applications from a wide range of organisations. The Carers Investment Program will have a strong focus on innovation and collaboration. A two stage procurement process will be used. The first stage will be an Expression of Interest (EOI), open to all interested organisations, open from 28 August to 29 September 2017. Applicants that are successful in the EOI process will then be invited to provide a more detailed proposal. Successful applicants will be identified at the conclusion of the second stage of the procurement process. How to apply Click here for further information and to access the application form via the NSW eTender website. Organisations need to register with eTenders NSW to apply. The EOI reference is Carers Investment Program - FACS.17.143. Briefing Session An information briefing session for the Carers Investment Program will be held on Wednesday 6 September, 2pm at 4-6 Cavill Ave, Ashfield. Please RSVP to email@example.com by close of business Monday 4 September. Contact Person: Helen McFarlane Email Address: Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone Number: (02) 8753 9339 CEO Report March 2018 CEO REPORT March 2018 e-Newsletter For the next three months, the NDIS e-News and the e-Bulletin will be combined into a monthly e-Newsletter. We are also working with ECIA nationally to support a national newsletter, due to be released in June 2018. ECEI TENDER At the time of writing this e-Newsletter, there is still no news about the outcome of the Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Partner Tender for NSW. The impact of this transition was the subject of a workshop at the Managers Forum on Thursday, 1st March 2018. We have summarised the key issues and plan to have a meeting with the ECEI Transition Providers and hopefully Partners, once the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) have made the formal announcement. ECIA NSW: ROUND TABLE AND WHITE PAPER ON CHILDREN AT RISK ECIA NSW/ACT and its Executive, continue to represent the organisation and to meet regularly with Ageing Disability & Home Care (ADHC), the Department of Education (DoE), Family & Community Services (FACs) and other relevant state and territory agencies. Several meeting were held with the Executive and the Department of Premiere and Cabinet (DPC), culminating in a Round Table event held on the 29 November 2017, in relation to the future of Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) disability services in NSW post June 2018. A second Round Table was held on the 21st March 2018. A comprehensive White Paper has been developed and a series of case studies. In summary, the paper identifies 'cohorts of children' who are not likely to be eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) and children and their families who are at risk, who may or may not access or be supported by the ECEI Partner and/or mainstream services. These are collectively defined as the 'gaps' cohort. This White Paper aims to address the role, capacity and remit of agencies involved in the child’s life including shared responsibilities. This includes the need for a common data set across NSW Government services accessed by children with a developmental delay or disability aged 0-6. We want a solutions focus on the best means of providing wrap around services for families and children experiencing vulnerability and who are at risk of developmental delay and disability. The outcome of the Round Table was is essence to affirm that children and families at risk, continue to be those experiencing trauma; the interplay between NDIS and health; Out of Home Care; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families; Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities or families; vulnerable and socially isolated families, babies at risk (2-3 year olds); complex families (e.g. mental health challenges) and rural and remote families and children. Next steps ECIA NSW/ACT will be finalising the White Paper into a Position Paper, that will be sent out to members with additional comments to be incorporated as required. The Position Paper will be submitted to relevant agencies including the NDIA and state government departments. In April and May, ECIA NSW/ACT will continue to meet with DPC to support a holistic ‘all of government’ approach and make appropriate representations to government. MANAGER'S FORUM Another successful Manager's Forum was held on the 21 March 2018. I trust all members have received feedback from those attending these forums. The forum heard from an excellent Panel on Work, Health & Safety (WHS) The panel discussed emerging occupational, health and safety issues, the NDIS impact (e.g. home visits and travel); child protection; managing stress; mental health and positive psychology. Our guest panelists were: Alan Hough, Sector Support Consultant, National Disability Services (NDS) Sue Becker, CEO, Lifestart and Jane Robinson, General Manager, People Services, KU Children’s Services The second forum work-shopped gaps in mainstream and community services for children with a developmental delay or disability aged 0-6 I introduced ECIA NSW/ACT's work on the 'gaps' and Children at Risk. The main afternoon session was devoted to the ECEI Transition. Chris McClelland from the NDIA, gave us some of her valuable time and the forum discussed the key issues and concerns associated with the soon to be announced Early Childhood (EC) Partners. Click here view or download a 'wrap-up' of the Managers' Forum. SECTOR DEVELOPMENT / NDIS Regional / Sector NDIS readiness A number of regional ECIA NSW/ACT meetings with members are being scheduled across NSW and ACT regional areas over the next two months. NATIONAL DEVELOPMENTS Online best practice project ECIA has contracted ACT based Sue Davies as Project Manager, Denise Luscombe (WA) and Noahs (VIC) to develop a series of online e-Learning Modules on the National Best Practice Guidelines. This will complement the online legacy projects that ECIA NSW/ACT are finalising, namely Does This Child Need Help? (DTCNH?) and the Inclusion Partners in Practice (IPIP) e-Learning modules. National Constitution / Transition A national ECIA Constitution for a company limited by guarantee has been adopted by the ECIA Board by way of a special resolution meeting held on the 20th March 2018. Transition plans have been developed for each Chapter and are running to schedule. For the NSW/ACT Chapter, this is supported by a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). RESEARCH PROJECTS The two year research project with the University of New South Wales (UNSW) is coming to a close. Thank you to everyone for your support and contribution. · The project with UNSW is tracking well to the project plan, is on time and overall has been successful to date · The Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) team is currently looking at secondary data to include in the report along with the primary data received from surveys and interviews · First draft of the final report will be received by ECIA NSW/ACT in 20 April 2018 · A Reference Committee meeting will be held on 1st May 2018 · The final report will be disseminated to our members and will be available on the website and circulated to relevant stakeholders PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT · The Leap Pad learning Program and Professional Development Calendar is currently winding down, with the focus now on delivering in-house courses ‘on-demand’ · We are currently finalising the online modules for DTCNH? as an online e-Learning program. This will eventually be available via the ECIA National website. MEMBERSHIP · Over 78 ECI services have now become Organisational Members · Individual (Professional) Membership is at 300 in addition to our organisations We are currently working with ECIA national to support the development of a national membership database and national website. COMMUNICATIONS A New ECIA NSW/ACT Website was launched in February 2018. Please go and have a look and update your details! The NDIS e-News and e-Bulletin has been combined into a monthly e-Newsletter, with the 1st National e-Newsletter due to be released in June 2018! INCLUSION · The main activity currently and over the next few months will be the development of the IPIP e-Learning Modules and associated videos and resources · The latest online Inclusion Community of Practice BLOG has been released · Cases for Change is being finalised, that will include practical cases on best practice that will be a stand-alone resource and will be incorporated into the IPIP modules Until next time, best wishes. Margie O’Tarpey CEO ECIA NSW/ACT March 2018 Showing 0 Comment Comments are closed.