Southern Early Childhood and Family Services at SALHN

Southern Early Childhood and Family Services (Southern - EC&FS) within GP Plus Centres Marion, Noarlunga and Aldinga provide services for children birth to preschool entry with or at risk of developmental delays and their families.

Services are provided by teams of speech pathologists, occupational therapists and psychologists.

Interventions are family centred and holistic, working in partnership with families and other ‘child and family services’ to support parenting , child health, wellbeing and development.

Interventions focus on the child’s development, parent/ child relationship concerns, parental wellbeing and capacity to parent.

Southern-EC&FS are often the first point of referral for young children and their families when there are concerns regarding their development. Services work with and support families to link with other specialist and community services.

Southern-EC&FS offer a suite of interventions including individual, joint and group sessions.

Inclusion criteria

  • Children from birth to preschool entry with a developmental delay , who at point of referral are not eligible for NDIS funding

Note: at times Southern - EC&FS are the first point of contact for families or start working with them and realise they are likely to be NDIS eligible. Southern - EC&FS then support them through the referral process and hold them until they are accessing NDIS funded services.

  • Southern-EC&FS prioritise children under the Guardianship of the Minister and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Exclusion criteria

  • Attending DECD preschool, attending school
  • Primary concern emotional /behavioural in the absence of developmental delays
  • Children with a disability or delay which makes them eligible for NDIS.

We ask that if other providers believe the child is eligible for NDIS funding that they support the family through this process.


ICS are implementing a single point of entry for all its services, accessed via a number of pathways:

Templates for GP systems

ICS Referral Form SALHN - Best Practice (RTF 552KB)
ICS Referral Form SALHN - Medical Director (RTF 106KB)

Fact Sheets

Importing templates into Best Practice - fact sheet (PDF 54KB)
Importing templates into Medical Director - fact sheet (PDF 55KB)

Telephone: (08) 7117 0728
Mobile: 0466 503 363
Fax: (08) 7117 0724