Charles Sturt University
Charles Sturt University

Service Delivery

Who Can access BECIS services?

BECIS provides education and therapy services for children from birth to 12 who have a diagnosed disability or a delay in more than one of the following areas of development; physical, thinking and learning, communication, play, sensory, social and emotional.

What we do

The Bathurst Early Childhood Intervention Service (BECIS) believes in the fundamental right of each child to become an active member of the community. We provide a stimulating, nurturing and secure environment to help children develop the skills needed to maximise their ability to fully participate in our community.

Intervention is designed to suit the specific wishes of each family.  It can take place individually, in a small group or as part of community activities.

Service may include:

  • Centre based education and therapy
  • Home based education and therapy
  • Early childhood service consultancy
  • Music therapy
  • Playgroups
  • Family support groups

The Program

The Bathurst Early Childhood Intervention Service is a community based, non government early childhood intervention service operating from Charles Sturt University, Bathurst Campus, for children aged from birth to eight with disabilities and developmental delay, and their families.  The service provides a range of service delivery models including home based, community based and centre based sessions for the child and family, and itinerant support involving consultation and coaching in early childhood and generic services.  BECIS works with families in the Bathurst and Oberon Local Government Areas.  BECIS receives funding from the Department of Education and Training and Human Services Ageing, Disability and Home Care.

BECIS believes that all children from birth to school entry who:

  • have a developmental delay and/or disability, or
  • require specialised services without which it is likely that developmental milestones may not be achieved and/or a delay may result

Have a right to receive early intervention service in order to:

  • promote optimal outcomes for the child
  • promote acceptance and support for the child and family in the community.

BECIS believes that the family is the most important member of the team surrounding the child.  The family will be empowered to maintain full control over what is happening to them and their child and the family priorities for their child are the most important part of the child's intervention program, thus providing a family centred focus.

Transdisciplinary Key Worker Model

Transdisciplinary Key Workers use a range of skills to inform and carry out their work with families and children. They:

  • work with families
  • use the skills of their own discipline
  • use transdisciplinary skills
  • consult with other team members and families
  • consult with children's services.

Key Workers understand that children develop within the context of their family. They build a relationship with the whole family and have each family's needs at the centre of service delivery. In responding to the family's goals and needs, the aim is to enhance the family's capacity to support their child's development and maximise the child's learning opportunities.

Key Workers work in partnership with families and are sensitive to socio-cultural diversity. They focus on strengths and on building the family's confidence, capacity, resilience and quality of life.