Who are We?

The ACT Government’s Child Development Service assists families who live in the ACT and have concerns about their child’s development.

This may include concerns about a child developing skills slower than others of the same age in areas such as, speech and language, movement, hand skills, self care, and social development.

What do We Offer?

The Child Development Service offers assessment, referral, information and linkages for children 0-6 years where there are concerns relating to their development. The Service also provides Autism assessment for children aged up to 12 years.

The Service has an Intake Service and provides Drop-In Clinics which provides a way for parents and other referrers to seek advice, find out if further services are necessary and where these services are available.

Access to speech pathology, occupational therapy, social work, physiotherapy, psychology, Child Health Medical Officers and Community Paediatricians is determined through a comprehensive intake and screening process.

The Child Development Service also assists families by referring, providing information and linking them into other services and programs for example, playgroups, parenting programs, health services and housing. This could include EACH, the NDIA’s Early Childhood Early Intervention service partner where a child requires early intervention supports.

The Child Development Service intake is also able to provide information about how to access private providers in the ACT.

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Who can Refer?

Parents and guardians are able to refer their child to the Child Development Service. With parent/ guardian permission, others may make an online referral, including early childhood educators, teachers, GPs, nurses, paediatricians and case workers.

For autism assessments a referral from a paediatrician or psychiatrist is required.

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Where are We?

The Child Development Service is co-located with EACH, the new NDIA Early Childhood Early Intervention service partner at 26 Weingarth Street, Holder, ACT.

Child Development Service Drop-In clinics are held at Holder and also at the Child and Family Centres at Gungahlin, West Belconnen and Tuggeranong.

If you would like to talk to somebody about the service please contact the Child Development Service on (02) 6205 1277, Intake on (02) 6205 1246 or send an email to child.development@act.gov.au.

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