Inclusive Childcare

At Xavier, we have a vision for families of children with high support needs to have access to high quality inclusive environments in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). This includes childcare, early learning centres, outside school hours care, vacation care, kindergarten, family day care and in-home care. We believe that every child has the right to participate in mainstream childcare and to learn and have fun with their peers. However, this is challenging for children requiring high intensity supports. 

Meet Skye

In 2019, 4 year old Skye pioneered an inclusive early childhood education program developed by Xavier in partnership with Catholic Early EdCare. Skye has a rare genetic disorder and high support needs. Skye’s parents' wish for her was that she attended mainstream childcare alongside her peers. With one-on-one support from a Xavier Support Worker, this wish became a reality and Skye was able to participate in St. Cecelia’s kindergarten program.
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What are High Intensity Daily Supports?

Children who require support with the following may be regarded by the NDIS as requiring High Intensity Daily Supports:

- enteral nutrition, especially naso-gastric feeding 
- tracheostomy
- urinary catheter
- emergency post seizure medication
- mealtime management plans
- other specific health-related requirements

It can also include management for diabetes, epilepsy, pressure wound and stoma care where there are other related risk factors involved.





Resources

The following resources have been created to help families, Support Workers and childcare providers to understand how they can work together to make inclusive childcare possible for children with high support needs.

Your Funding Options

The NDIA may provide funding for your child to attend mainstream childcare.

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