Support for early years.

Enabling children with low vision to explore their potential.
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Support for early years

The early years of a child’s life are full of change, possibility and potential. Children learn by exploring and playing with others – and children with low vision or blindness are no different. However, it’s important for little ones with low vision or blindness to develop alternative or additional ways of interacting with their environment.

Making friends, transitioning into kindergarten and primary school, moving independently with confidence, learning how to use technology — whatever milestones your child needs to achieve to feel happy and confident in the world, our Children’s Team is here for you and your family.

Access children’s supports

Support your child to explore their world

Support your child to achieve personal goals

Access funding assistance

Help your child make the most of their vision

Develop your child’s movement skills

Skills for growth and development

  • By engaging in Mobility Training, your child will learn to confidently explore home, school and outdoor environments.
  • Through learning Communication Techniques, children can better interact with friends, family, teachers and staff at kinder.
  • With the support of Occupational Therapists, your child will improve their confidence and independent thinking skills.
  • Mobility Specialists encourage your child to identify a range of personal goals, before working to achieve them through an individual training program.
  • In Orientation & Mobility training, children learn to play safely by moving more self-assuredly and developing techniques for increased awareness of the world.
  • Our Orthoptists can offer education, assessment and consultation to ensure your lifestyle and environment are optimised to your vision level or abilities.
  • Our Physiotherapy Service can help your child develop their movement skills in early childhood and when they are older.
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Learn about the Early Childhood Service

Our Early Childhood Service (ECS) provides support for you and your child from birth to six-years-of-age inclusive. Throughout these crucial early years, a team of experienced specialists offer practical and emotional support to build a solid foundation for your child’s future. This includes:

  • skills development training for you and your child
  • connecting with health professionals, teachers, and importantly, family members to provide a safer and more inclusive environment for your child
  • assisting with the transition to school or kindergarten, and more.
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Choose from our services

Children’s Mobility Services

Children’s Mobility Services teach your child how to better understand her or his environment, with techniques to confidently and safely move through those environments.

Learn about Children’s Mobility Services

Occupational Therapy Support

Occupational Therapists are health professionals who support people of all ages to master individual skills for everyday life.

Find out more about Occupational Therapy Support

Physiotherapy Services

Help your child develop their movement skills to enjoy moving and playing.

Learn more about Physiotherapy Services

The NDIS

Depending on circumstance, some children may be eligible for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Find out more about the NDIS

Funding

Your child may be able to access financial assistance for support programs through the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). Whether your child is eligible or not, be assured that we will always provide support regardless of your financial situation.

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Free planning for the NDIS

Support coordinators offer a free pre-planning service for anyone considering the NDIS. With a support coordinator, you can easily understand your eligibility, cut through the jargon, and get your plan together. Support coordinators work with you to set clear goals, define your needs, and reach the outcomes that enable you to live the life you want. The pre-planning service provided by support coordinators is also available if you are coming up to plan renewal.

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Request a service or refer

We welcome referrals from parents, family members, and a wide range of health professionals. For more information on accessing early years support, children’s Orientation & Mobility training, or Occupational Therapist support, make an enquiry with the Children’s Mobility Service now.

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Child Safe Policy Statement

The safety and wellbeing of children is of the highest priority to Guide Dogs Victoria. We are committed to providing an environment where children and young people are safe, feel supported to share their concerns and have their voices heard.

Learn more about Guide Dogs Victoria Child Safety Policy

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