This program is funded by the NSW Department of Education. Previously referred to as the Disability Inclusion Program (DIP).

This program will support a range of preschools in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, and Ballina areas.

The program has 3 objectives:

  1. To increase the capacity to include children with additional needs.

  2. Support equitable outcomes for children with additional needs consistent with the EYLF.

  3. Empower and educate preschools to understand the NDIS and how it relates to them.

The program is delivered by Firstchance Specialist Educators with extensive experience in Early Childhood Intervention. The delivery model for the program is as follows:

  • Preschools are identified by the Department of Education and allocated to Firstchance. 
  • In order to increase our geographical reach, Firstchance is part of a consortium with Early Links and Hunter Prelude. The geographical footprint allocated to the consortium is the Hunter New England, Mid North Coast, and Northern NSW Health Districts.
  • The three organisations either directly deliver services in these districts or broker local organisations in the area in order to foster and maintain existing community relationships. 
  • Each preschool is allocated a number of hours per term for a Specialist Educator to support them. This support can come in a range of forms such as: Staff development & training, resource development, observation, modelling of strategies and information gathering.
  • These supports can be delivered in many different ways ie; face to face, online, during staff meetings, combined preschool professional development, whatever suits the preschool.