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 Specialist Equipment

Step 1: Contact your local Inclusion Hub

To find your local IA hub please contact us on 1800 811 039 (toll free) or email iaqld@cairnschildcare.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 to 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. The online Equipment Library is currently being finalised and will be available in the near future. Please contact your local Inclusion Hub for further information.

Specialist Equipment Request form  

Services with equipment on loan

If you have any queries about the items of specialist equipment that you have on loan from the Specialist Equipment Library e.g. how to return your equipment, please contact the Specialist Equipment Library team by email at SELQLD@ku.com.au.