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Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP)


Maroochydore State School has an Early Childhood Development Program attached to our school.

The purpose of Early Childhood Development Program (ECDPs) is to enable:

  • Engagement of children in a wide range of learning experiences to maximise their individual potential;
  • Assessment of educational support needs prior to prep aged children;
  • Transition support to prep; and
  • Establishment of partnerships with families to ensure quality educational outcomes in the critical early years of schooling 

Is the program right for my child or will they be eligible? 

ECDPs are targeted to young children birth to 5 years suspected of, or diagnosed as having a disability with significant educational support needs in the areas of:
  • Physical Disability
  • Intellectual Disability
  •  Hearing impairment
  •  Vision impairment
  •  Autism Spectrum Disorder
  •  Speech-language impairment
  •  Multiple impairments
Regions coordinate the delivery of ECDPs and services to provide early intervention to children who require intensive, multidisciplinary programs to develop skills and behaviours to maximise their participation in schooling.

How do I get my child into the Program?

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. 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.
Please contact one of our ECDP staff on 5475 1555, for further information about entry into the program.

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
More useful information:
View information about ECDP from the Education Queensland Website