Preschool-aged children between the ages of four and eight who have been identified with autism, intellectual disabilities, behavioural challenges and/or other developmental delays that impact their ability to communicate, develop social relationships, learn, and interact with their families and community.
Preschool-aged children, who are unable to access the mainstream preschool curriculum and will benefit learning in a small, individualized group with highly specialized instruction.
"because all our children deserve the best possible start in life"
EIC DEVELOPMENTAL PRESCHOOL PROGRAMME
The Early Intervention Centre supports the importance of a child’s early years by providing a Developmental Preschool Programme for children with identified special needs. As a preparatory programme for children ages 2 to 8, they’ll have the opportunity to cover the most important developmental and learning domains. The programme adheres to a daily schedule from 8:30AM to 12.00PM for children attending the half-day preschool programme or 8.30AM to 3.30PM for children attending the full-day programme. This helps take the guesswork out of a child’s routine, which better prepares them for formal schooling.
Children with learning needs and unique learning styles will benefit from a full curriculum designed to address each student’s needs based on learning strengths and gaps, rather than by chronological age. The programme aims to provide our children with an experience of whole class instruction, that requires them to follow classroom routines, take turns, respond to teacher's questions and staying in their own space. These essential school readiness skills and associated behaviours will help children make a smooth transition from preschool to the more demanding educational environment as they continue to develop and grow. Children’s development will be observed and monitored regularly so that we continue to build upon acquired knowledge and broadening the repertoire of skills.
Monday to Friday
8.30am - 3.30pm
Monday to Friday
8.30am - 12.00pm
Small Group Size
The EIC Developmental Preschool Programme gives children the opportunity to be in small classroom groups with eight (or fewer) children that afford a close-knit nurturing environment with plenty of individual attention. In this environment, our children feel safe and supported as they tackle daily learning tasks. It also has a favourable child to teacher ratio, which allows teachers the time and energy to develop a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of each child’s learning needs.
Children should understand where to be, what to do, and how to do it, all as independently as possible. Our classrooms are carefully designed whereby students follow a daily schedule which includes many purposeful activities based on the IEP goals and structured environment designed to foster creativity, imagination, problem-solving, communication, meta-cognition, and the expansion of core understandings and skills. As we do not practise general teaching, one child’s daily schedule may appear to be different from another child’s schedule on the board. These daily routines and activities promote self-regulation, curiosity, problem-solving, and language development. We are proud to provide a fun, vibrant location that children look forward to coming to each day.
Individualised Education Plan (IEP)
All children who attend the EIC Developmental Preschool Programm have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) in effect. Six weeks after admission to The Early Intervention Centre, the IEP is provided to set the standard for your child’s education. The IEP guides the delivery of our special education programmes that are individualized and developed for children based on their existing skill levels and current needs. Each part of the IEP addresses an important part of educational planning and it covers the essential domains of:
Language and communication skills
Motor skills/Health and Fitness
Play and hobbies/leisure skills
Listening and attention skills
Behavioural Plan (if applicable)
Setting the IEP is a crucial component of the whole programme. The IEP is the cornerstone of a quality education for each child and the plan focuses on the unique educational needs of an individual child. IEP goals describe what we hope the child will achieve, or the intended outcome of intervention.
The EIC Approach
Because each child is unique and learns differently, The EIC programme ensures that every child has his or her own work programme delivered in the most appropriate style and setting.
By utilising different instructional methods, we scaffold lessons to help children move from one skill to the next in a structured and supportive way. We employ everything from adaptive texts and math toys to tailored group activities to make learning accessible to all in environments filled with specialised tools to support and optimise learning.
At the same time, our programme allows children to be provided many opportunities, contrived and naturally occurring, to acquire and practice skills every day, in structured and unstructured situations. An essential component of the programme is ongoing data collection to track progress and to analyse our children's learning. We ensure that all learning plans remain dynamic as changes are made as children progress.
In addition to our quarterly parent conferences, EIC offers all our parents an innovative and interactive mobile app, aimed to truly involve parents in their children’s intervention programmes to achieve the best home to school connection. We strongly believe that an effective and positive parent-teacher communication will ultimately improve the quality of the programme as well as our children’s learning outcomes.