Finding Care for Children with Special Needs: NDIS Support and Childcare Options

Finding care for children with special needs can be overwhelming. However, NDIS childcare and assistance from a support worker can be very beneficial for your little one in various ways, such as:

  • Opportunities to play and explore in a different setting
  • Engaging in learning activities that aid development
  • Helping master a broad range of skills
  • Providing parents with a chance to work, manage the household, or get some much-needed rest

Yet, finding care and support services may seem especially daunting. Whether you’re looking for childcare centres, respite care, or occasional child minding, it might feel like the odds are stacked against you.

Fortunately, there are many options for finding care for children with special needs in Australia. If you're interested in learning more about these options, keep reading!

How to Find Care for Children with Disabilities

What is the NDIS Scheme?

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) provides government-funded care packages to support people with disabilities, including those diagnosed with autism or intellectual disability.

Not sure where to begin with NDIS support? Start by engaging an NDIS assessor. They can help you find suitable services for children with disabilities and explain your funding options.


Choosing the Right NDIS Childcare Option

Once your child has been assessed, narrow down your requirements to decide what suits your family’s needs best. Important factors to consider when choosing childcare for children with disabilities or special needs include:

  • Is the provider a registered NDIS support worker (check via the NDIS Provider Finder tool)?
  • Can the childcare provider create a safe and engaging environment for your child?
  • Does the provider have resources and equipment for developmental activities?
  • Does anything need to be adapted for your child’s specific needs?

There are many types of NDIS support available, so don't hesitate to ask around if you're having trouble finding a suitable service.

Effortlessly Find NDIS Support Workers Through Kiddo

Wish there was an easy way to find NDIS support? Enter Kiddo!

The Kiddo App matches you with NDIS support workers suited to your child's needs, assisting nominees that are self-managed or plan-managed. It offers child-focused care options and flexibility with last-minute care needs. Supports can be provided through your Core Funding and, in some instances, Capacity Building. Your Support Co-ordinator or LAC will be able to advise you on your plan, goals and how you can use a Kiddo Support Worker to assist your family.

Using the Kiddo App to find care for children with special needs is as easy as one, two, three. Simply input the dates, choose available NDIS support workers, and we take care of the rest! If you need ongoing NDIS care arrangements, we can help with that too through our 'Ongoing Care Option.'

With easy payment options that all meet NDIS price guide, ID, and Working with Children Checks completed by Kiddo, you can focus on what’s truly important - finding childcare that perfectly matches your needs.

Joining Kiddo is completely free - register today! Want to know more about NDIS Care? Read more articles here.