Early Education and Training Centres (EETCs)
Early Education and Training Centres serve to provide professional early intervention and training services once or twice a week for young children with developmental disorders, and to assist their parents in mastering relevant child care skills.
The major target groups are:
- children with disabilities or developmental delay from birth to 2 years of age;
- children with disabilities or developmental delay from 2 to 6 years of age meeting the eligibility criteria for EETC only; and
- children with disabilities from 2 to 6 years of age on a waiting list for other pre-school rehabilitation services (e.g. Special Child Care Centres or the integrated programmes in mainstream child care centres or kindergartens).
EETCs are open to those children who are pre-mature or at-risk babies, or assessed as experiencing:
- developmental, global or borderline intellectual delay;
- physical disabilities (including cerebral palsy);
- mental handicap;
- visual impairment;
- hearing impairment;
- a mix of physical disability and social behavioural problems;
- other congenital abnormalities; and / or
- inadequate teaching or training from parents / guardians / family members.
EETCs provide the following services:
Developmental assessment and individualized educational programmes
Each child is assessed upon admission and every six months thereafter. The results of the developmental assessment are used to plan an individualized training programme which sets learning goals for both parent and the child.
Centre-based individual and group training
Occupational therapists carry out assessment on children based on their specific needs. Training is carried out in sensory-motor, sensory integration, self-care and social aspects through the use of therapeutic activities and environmental adaptation, aiming to improve the functional performance of children in self-care, play and learning.
Parental support and education
Guidance, counselling and support in the forms of individual and / or group sessions are provided to educate parents / guardians / family members, and to enhance acceptance and understanding in order to facilitate the overall development of their children. Centre staff also pay regular home visits to give practical advice on how parents can deal with the problems of caring for their children at home.
The Society's psychologists visit centres regularly to give advice on the training programmes, and to provide consultation related to training and management of children’s emotional / behavioural problems to the parents and the staff.
Individual home-based training services are provided to families who have difficulties in bringing their children to the centre.
Occasional child care service
Occasional Child Care (OCC) service provides temporary day care service for young children whose parents need temporary relief or have to attend to personal matters. The aims of OCC service are to prevent children from being left unattended at home and to provide temporary relief for the parents / carers under pressure. For details, please contact our centres.
|Monday to Saturday:||8:45am - 5:30pm|
|Evening programmes (on a once-a-week):||5:30pm - 7:00pm|
A monthly fee of HK$60 is charged per child. Families with financial difficulties can apply for a waiver.
Referrals are made by the Central Referral System for Rehabilitation Services operated by the Social Welfare Department. Parents may approach paediatricians, Maternal and Child Health Clinics, Child Assessment Centres, medical social workers or family services centres for referral.