Early Childhood Targeted Action Plan (Early Childhood TAP)
There are five Targeted Action Plans (TAPs) under Australia’s Disability Strategy 2021-2031. They commit governments to specific actions to improve outcomes for people with disability.
The Department of Social Services oversees the Early Childhood Targeted Action Plan. This TAP focuses on infants to school age children. It includes those with disability and development concerns, their families and carers. It has key details to help families find information and support when they need it. The Early Childhood TAP also outlines how programs and services can work together. It is also useful to other people who help families, like doctors and teachers.
The Department of Social Services is working with the National Disability Insurance Agency, the Department of Health and Aged Care, the Department of Education, and the National Indigenous Australians Agency to complete the Australian Government actions in the Early Childhood TAP.
Each state and territory has committed to completing their own actions in the Early Childhood TAP.
The Department of Social Services will release reports each year that will measure progress, successes and overall status of actions in the TAPs. These will be available to the public.
There is more information under Australia’s Disability Strategy Hub on the Disability Gateway.
Updates on Australian Government actions under the Early Childhood TAP will be provided as they are completed.
Australian Government Action 2.5: Develop educator resources to support inclusion
The Department of Social Services, National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA), Department of Education and National Indigenous Australians Agency have partnered, in consultation with representatives from the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector, to develop resources to support inclusion of children in mainstream ECEC settings.
The resources contribute towards the Australian Government’s commitments under the Early Childhood TAP. They aim to support early childhood educators to have respectful conversations and build relationships with families so they can make informed choices about their child.
Australian Government Action 3.1: Recommendation report on programs to best support diverse cohorts
On 3 May 2022, the department in collaboration with the NDIA, commissioned Whereto Research Based Consulting (Whereto) to undertake research on current models of peer support and to provide recommendations on models that best support diverse cohorts. Whereto engaged with parents and carers of young children with disability or developmental concerns, and sector stakeholders including, peak bodies and service providers through in-depth interviews, group discussions, online workshops and an online survey.
A summary report, including an easy read version, can be accessed via the link below: