The United Nations has adopted two international human rights treaties that, when taken together, articulate the human right to appropriate support and care for infants and young children with disabilities. These treaties, the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC, Art. 23), including General Comment 7 to the CRC Implementing Child Rights in Early Childhood (2005), and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD, Art. 7, 8 and 25), also describe the standards by which all States Parties can guide the development of programmes, services, and laws necessary to comply with the Conventions.
The aim of Early Childhood Intervention services is to support families and significant caregivers as mediators for their children's acquisition of competences within natural environments, enabling children and their families to meaningfully participate and support their development during their daily routines. In this way, children can maximise their development, achieve their potential and also build strong and enduring relationships with key people in their lives.
ECI programmes need to be designed with the understanding that all learning occurs in the context of healthy relationships between infants and children and those who live with and love them.
It is only through the inclusion and support of children from the youngest age in their family and community that they will be able to participate in society, be included at school, enter the open labour market, and enjoy the full range of their human rights.
Our position papers
- EASPD Statement on Early Childhood Intervention (2016)
- EASPD Statement on Early Childhood Intervention (2016) in Bulgarian
- Zero Project: Models of Good Practice (2016)