How can we help
Early Connections offers developmental supports and services to families who have a child with a disability or additional needs.
Families can access our supports and services through an NDIS funding package.
We create a team around your child based on Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Best Practice. Our team understands the vital role families play in children’s lives and partners with you to help your child learn, grow and thrive. If you are concerned about any part of your child’s development, at any age, it is important to get help early.
Contact your local Early connections site for more details. Waitlists may apply.
We will assign a Key Worker to your family, and they will be your primary point of contact.
Key Workers work in partnership with each child and family to identify goals and support you in implementing strategies into your daily routines.
For children over 7 years, there are a variety of supports, services and therapies available, including Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Physiotherapy and Psychology.
Supports for this age group currently not available in Coffs Harbour.
Services and Supports
Key Workers work in partnership with each child and family. The Key Worker model supports the development of new skills for your child and coordinates supports within your everyday routines and activities.
Physiotherapists offer therapeutic intervention to promote the development of movement. Motor skills and early movement forms the building blocks for functional abilities. We can help you reach your child’s movement milestones.
Speech therapy supports children with communication skills, including speaking, listening, understanding language, reading, writing, social skills, stuttering and using voice. Speech pathologists support your child’s eating, drinking and swallowing.
Occupational therapy helps children with gross and fine motor development and sensory integration and processing. Our therapists have extensive experience working with children with developmental delay and disabilities.
Child and family psychologists provide assessment and treatment for children with developmental needs. When working with families, we draw on best practice and evidence-based approaches to establish clear intervention goals.
Psychology at Manning and Great Lakes, Kempsey and Port Macquarie Hastings
Music holds great appeal for young children who are motivated by its rhythm, repetition and interactive nature. Music therapists draws from these elements of music to align with a child’s early intervention goals.
Music Therapy at Kempsey and Port Macquarie Hastings
Family support focuses on providing individualised services to families through coaching and strengths based strategies that engage and sustain participation in the Program.
Family Support Available at Coffs Coast
Four Mid North Coast Locations
The Early Connections Alliance is a collaborative network of four not for profit community based organisations on the Mid North Coast.
All four organisations have a dedicated team of professionals committed to delivering excellence in Early Childhood Intervention.
Vision & Mission
We currently recruiting:
- Psychologist Kempsey and Port Macquarie
- Occupational Therapist Coffs Coast
- Speech Pathologist Coffs Coast
Excellence in Early Childhood
Since 1981 we’ve made connections with hundreds of children and families on the Mid North Coast through the Early Childhood Interventions Programs.
In 2016, with the introduction of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, we formed an Alliance to meet the growing needs of our community
Today, our teams work together to create a strong and connected Early Childhood Intervention Network on the Mid North Coast.
Early Connections supports families in Coffs Harbour, Kempsey, Port Macquarie Hastings, Wauchope, Lake Cathie, Taree, Tuncurry and surrounds.
Manning & Great Lakes covers Greater Taree, Great Lakes, Gloucester, Bulahdelah and Tea Gardens.
13 Kane Crescent Coffs Harbour
34 Belgrave Street Kempsey
PORT MACQUARIE- HASTINGS
41 Munster Street Port Macquarie
Manning & Great Lakes
33 Florence Street Taree
We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land, sea and waterways upon which we live and work. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present, and recognise their strong and continuing connection to land, culture and spirit.