Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka and Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee today launched an innovative new website to assist children with disability smoothly transition to school.
“Starting school is an important milestone for any child and this new website will assist the families and carers of children with disability who may need extra help with planning and preparation,” Mr Ajaka said.
“The website contains practical information for families and carers in the lead up to starting school including advice on developing a positive relationship with the school, calming activities for the home, and the rights of parents and children.
“The NSW Government provided $2 million to the Early Childhood Intervention Australia (ECIA) that developed the website.”
Mr Lee said transitioning to school was daunting for all parents, and the added worries of parents with disability can now be put at ease.
“ECIA is a reputable and relied upon service which we are lucky enough to have in our local area but it is great news to know that their services are being reached state-wide,” Mr Lee said.
Formed in 1982, ECIA NSW’s membership includes professionals and parents with an interest in early childhood intervention.
Vice-President of Early Childhood Intervention Australia Sylvana Mahmic said all families have high expectations for their children - children with disability deserve the very best start in life and starting school is a major transition.
“This is a critical resource that will enable families, professionals and the community to support the process of starting school, so it’s as smooth as possible for children with disabilities and their families,” Ms Mahmic said.
To view the website visit www.transitiontoschoolresource.org.au