What is Early Childhood Intervention? Expand Firstchance has been providing Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) for over 40 years in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and Port Stephens region. ECI is the term used for specialised services and supports provided to infants and young children with a disability or developmental delay and their families. Early childhood is a time of remarkable brain development. Research tells us that future development is based on a child's learning during these early years. These early years are a foundation for how children will learn and develop later in life. Providing quality early childhood intervention early in a child's life supports children to develop the skills they need to take part in everyday activities and to be included in family and community life. These ECI supports received early in life can potentially reduce the amount of supports needed in later life. Firstchance provides a family centred approach to Early Childhood Education. We recognise that families know their child best therefore our team share their knowledge and skills with families so that they can continue to support their child when we are not around. Thus giving the child a great opportunity to practise and learn new skills. You can Early Childhood Intervention Australia about the importance of Early Childhood Intervention from our governing body Early Childhood Intervention Australia.