​​​Early Intervention: The early years in a chi​ld’s life represent the most critical period of their development. Studies in neuroscience have shown brain growth rate to be at its highest in these early years. Early intervention (EI) taps on this growth potential to help children with developmental needs (DN) gain skills that maximise their capability for independence.

Currently, children under the age of 7 can receive intervention through government funded EI Programmes.

Children who require low levels of EI support
may be recommended to take up Development Support (DS) or Learning Support (LS) packages under the DS-LS Programme which aim to provide short-term support for these children within their natural environment, i.e. the preschool setting. Children with minimal or no DN, but require intervention for difficult and challenging behavioural, emotional or psychological issues (e.g. anxiety, depression, trauma, conduct disorder etc.) may also be identified for DS.

Children who require medium to high levels of EI support, such as those with multiple developmental conditions, who would be better supported under the Early Intervention Programme for Infants & Childre​n (EIPIC – EIPIC Under-2s and EIPIC@Centre). The programmes are delivered at EI centres by a team of EI professionals and allied health professionals (AHPs).

Children identified to have made sufficient progress under the EIPIC@Centre programme
are recommended to transition to intervention in a preschool can receive the Development Support-Plus​ (DS-Plus)​ programme.

Children who require medium levels of EI support may also be suitable for the Inclusive Support Programme (InSP)​​ pilot which will run from Oct 2021 to 2026. The InSP provides an inclusive learning experience to both typically developing children and children with developmental needs. By integrating both early childhood education and early intervention in a preschool setting for children with developmental needs, it seeks to enhance their engagement and holistic development while reducing the logistical strain of shuttling between preschools and early intervention centres. Enrolment into the InSP will depend on the assessment by paediatrician and screening at the InSP preschool.​

Please refer to the individual programme pages for more detailed information on each programme type:
• Development Support and Learning Support Programme (DS-LS)
Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children (EIPIC)
Inclusive Support Programme (InSP)​
Development Support-Plus (DS-Plus​)​

Apart from EI programmes, children may also seek medical consultations and interim therapy at KKH Department of Child Development (KKH-DCD) clinics and NUH Child Development Unit (NUH-CDU) clinics, which are under the national Child Development Programme (CDP), funded under Ministry of Health (MOH).​

Useful Resources: 
• Enabling Guide by SG Enable
Explore the programmes and support available to caregivers/parents of children who require EI support

• Baby B​onus
Find useful tips and resources on raising children.

 Parents' Guide for Young Children Who Require Early Intervention

Are you concerned about your child's development? Do you want to learn more about how you could support your child?

The Parents' Guide may provide considerations and answers to some of your questions. Find out more about:
• Your child's development,
• Accessing Early Intervention (EI) s​upport,
• Supporting your child's transition from EI to school-aged provisions, and
• Accessing support for yourself and your family.

Download and click here  to view the guide.

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• Guidelines (For Professionals) 2021
Find useful information and practice guidelines on the range of EI programmes, assessments for developmental needs and transition from EI to school-aged provisions.

For more press releases/news related to Early Intervention, please click here.​

Information updated as at March 2022​​​​​​

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