The Specialist Equipment Library (SEL) provides resources to eligible early childhood and child care services (ECCC) services to improve their capacity and capability to provide quality inclusive practices, and address participation barriers so children with additional needs can be included alongside their typically developing peers.

Types of Equipment

Equipment available from the Specialist Equipment Library may include (but is not limited to):

  • Portable ramps to create access to the environment
  • Standing frames and full support swings to allow a child with high physical needs to participate in the daily programme and activities
  • Hoists, slings, harnesses, change tables, toilet seats or steps, potty chairs, mobile stools and seating or posture aids for educators to assist them to lift and transfer children safely when carrying out basic care functions
  • Specialised inclusion toys such as switch toys
  • Specialise furniture such as chairs, tables and desks
  • Communication cards or charts, and Auslan dictionaries to enable the child and educators to communicate effectively.

 


Identifying the need for SEL and applying for inclusion supports

Step 1: Contact your local Inclusion Hub

If you do not have contact details for your local Inclusion Hub please contact us toll free on 1800 703 382 or via email inclusionagency@includeme.com.au.
 

Step 2: Complete a SIP in collaboration with your Inclusion Professional

The Inclusion Professional will generate a record for the ‘Strategic Inclusion Plan’ (SIP) and issue a Letter of Introduction for your service. Each service site will have one SIP. Where a service does not have the necessary infrastructure to support the IS Portal, a paper-based SIP is available.
 
The SIP is the first step to accessing support from the programme and your Inclusion Professional will assist your service to complete your SIP.
 

Step 3: Is specialist equipment library required?

If the SIP identifies that specialist equipment would support your service to include all children the IA will assist you to access the SEL.

Specialist Equipment Request Form
 
Specialist Equipment Catalogue
 

Current Equipment on loan

The online Specialist Equipment Library is currently transitioning from the IPSP, and will be fully operational by no later than 30th September 2016. In the meantime, if your service has a piece of equipment from the IPSP that you no longer require, or it is no longer suitable for children to be using then we ask that you store it in your service until you are contacted by Gowrie NSW. In the first few weeks of August all services currently using equipment will be contacted either by phone or email to discuss the next steps.