Early Intervention Programme for Infants & Children (EIPIC) and Development Support Plus (DS-Plus)
The Early Intervention Programme for Infants & Children (EIPIC) and Development Support Plus (DS-Plus) provides developmental and therapy services for infants and young children with developmental delays equipping them with improved motor, communication, social, self-help and cognitive skills. These Early Intervention (EI) services seek to maximise their developmental growth potential and minimise the development of secondary disabilities. For children who have made sufficient progress in EIPIC, the DS-Plus programme provides them with intervention support within the preschool setting. You may wish to refer to the overview section for more information.
Overview of Programme
From July 2019, EI centres will progressively offer a continuum of early intervention (EI) services that are better tailored to the varied developmental needs of our children, and the changes in a child’s developmental needs over time. The continuum of EI services include the following:
a) EIPIC@Centre: This is a centre-based programme that provides both therapy and educational intervention services in a small group setting. The child’s progress will be assessed regularly and the intervention goals and strategies customised to the child’s needs.
b) EIPIC Under-2s (new): This programme is targeted at children under two years old. It emphasises the training of parents and caregivers so that they can effectively carry out intervention strategies in the child’s daily routines within their home setting. Such intervention strategies will help the child learn through his or her daily activities, and lead to early and more effective intervention. The EIPIC Under-2s programme will require the parent/caregiver to accompany the child. At the age of two, the child will transit into the EIPIC@Centre programme.
c) DS-Plus (new): This is a preschool-based programme that is targeted at children who have made sufficient progress under the EIPIC@Centre programme. Early intervention professionals from the EI centre will work with the child in his or her preschool up to twice a week, co-teaching the child alongside the preschool teacher. This mode of intervention helps the child to adapt to the mainstream preschool setting, so that they can continue learning and be equipped with skills within a larger class setting.
Development Support Plus (DS-Plus)(New)
Children referred to EIPIC by a paediatrician, and who are above 2 years old
Children referred to EIPIC by a paediatrician and who are below 2 years old
Children who are assessed by their EI Centre to have made sufficient progress under EIPIC@Centre
Programme structure and requirements
· 5 – 12 hours per week
· Parent or caregiver’s presence may be required at selected centres
· 2 – 4 hours per week
· Parent or caregiver’s presence is required
· 2 – 4 hours per week
· Concurrently attending a preschool
Areas of focus
· Equips infants and young children with improved motor, communication, social, self-help and cognitive skills
· Increased emphasis on upskilling parents and caregivers
· Training of parents/ caregivers to carry out intervention strategies in the child’s daily routines at home
· Embeds learning opportunities throughout the child’s daily life, leading to more sustainable outcomes
· EI professionals from the EI centre will work with the child in his or her preschool, co-teaching the child alongside with the preschool teacher
· Helps the child to adapt to the mainstream preschool setting
· Equips child with skills within a larger class setting
The EIPIC Under-2s and DS-Plus programmes will be implemented in phases, with 13 of the 21 EI centres providing these programmes from July 2019. The remaining 8 EI centres will offer these programmes progressively by early 2021. For more information on the implementation of these two programmes at the EI centres, please refer to the Annex.
SG Enable provides referrals to government-funded EI centres in Singapore, based on parent’s preferred choice of EI centre. The EI centre will assess your child periodically to determine the suitable programme for them as well as the appropriate intervention goals and strategies.
Who Can Apply
Applicants should be:
For EIPIC@Centre/EIPIC Under-2s
- 6 years old and below (children below age 2 will be placed into EIPIC Under-2s if offered at their EI centre)
- Singapore Citizen or Permanent Resident
- Diagnosed with or at risk of developmental, intellectual, sensory, or physical disabilities or a combination of disabilities.
- Recommended for EIPIC by a doctor from the Department of Child Development (DCD) at KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) or Child Development Unit (CDU) at National University Hospital (NUH), or a private paediatrician
DS-Plus is a programme for children attending EIPIC, and who have made sufficient progress in EIPIC@Centre to be supported in a preschool setting. There is no need to apply for DS-Plus, as the child’s EI professionals will automatically use the Early Intervention Benchmarking Framework1 to identify children who are suitable for transition to DS-Plus, and will speak to the parents about this.
1 This is the national framework used to assess children in early intervention services, at entry and exit, and periodically in between. The EIBF is set out by the Community Psychology Hub.
How to Apply for EIPIC
Please have a doctor at any polyclinic refer your child for assessment at the DCD at KKH or CDU at NUH. The hospital will recommend EIPIC if assessed suitable. Alternatively, you may approach a private paediatrician directly for assessment of suitability.
Submission of applications to SG Enable by Doctors or Medical Social Workers (Online or Hard copy)
- Online submission (Recommended)
Log into e-Services using your CorpPass
- Hard copy submission
Download the application form, print and send together with the required documents
Please note that applications received via the following modes (i.e. by post or fax) will take a longer processing time due to circuit breaker measures where all staff are working from home.
SG Enable - Child Disability Services
20 Lengkok Bahru
+65 6226 2366
Upon receiving the referral, SG Enable will contact you to provide you information to help you make an informed decision on your choice of EIPIC Centre.
Your selected EIPIC Centre will contact you within two weeks of referral to arrange an interview and assessment of your child.
Enrolment into the suitable programme at the preferred centre is subject to the availability of vacancies at the centre and approval of the respective centre management.
Application Processing Time
Upon receiving the completed EIPIC referral forms from the Hospital, SG Enable will contact you within 10 working days.
To learn more about the organisations that participate in EIPIC, please download the following:
For more information on the enhancements to affordability for EI services, please refer to MSF’s Press Release here.Parents may also consider early intervention programmes at selected private intervention centres and apply for the Enhanced Pilot for Private Intervention Providers (Enhanced PPIP) scheme.
For more information about EIPIC, please visit our frequently asked questions page.
To check your application status, click here.
Have additional enquiries? Contact SG Enable.