Victorian Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre - Margot Prior Wing

The Victorian ASELCC have recently published two important papers in The Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders titled, "Outcome for Children Receiving the Early Start Denver Model Before and After 48 Months" and the 'Effectiveness and Feasibility of the Early Start Denver Model Implemented in a Group-Based Community Childcare Setting'. Further information about these papers is described in "Points of Interest".

Channel 7 reporter Karen O'Sullivan visited the centre in 2014 and reported on this research on the Channel 7 News. Additional information about this research (and other research projects) can be found at the OTARC Blog.In addition to the information found on this page, families who are considering enrolling their children at our Centre should refer to our information for prospective families.

ESDM Training

La Trobe University's Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC) provides highly specialised training on the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) for parents, professionals and para-professionals. Click here for more information.

Autism Playmates

Autism Playmates is a specialist provider of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM), an intervention for toddlers with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The service is committed to ensuring families can access high quality, intensive and cost effective intervention for children, aged 18 months to 3.5 years, with ASD. Click here for more information.

Background- funding

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The Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC) initiative is jointly implemented by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

FaHCSIA is responsible for the implementation of the six ASELCCs nationally (one for each state) which are an additional commitment to the Australian Government's $190m Helping Children with Autism package.

ASELCC - Margot Prior Wing

As an ASELCC, we are committed to addressing the needs of families of children with autism at the Margot Prior Wing (MPW). At the same time, we are dedicated to follow up-to-date and evidence-based science in the treatment of autism.The early intervention program being researched and implemented in the MPW is the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) (see Early Intervention Explained for further details).

Our Centre provides early learning programs and specific support to children aged zero to six years with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in a long day care setting, and is intended to have a positive impact on your child's long term life outcomes. The Centre will provide you with support in the care of your child and give you the opportunity to participate more fully in the community.


The Centre has two playrooms with each catering to ten children. Each playroom  is staffed by a Teacher with special Education, a Diploma in Early Childhood and a Cert. III Assistant. The Centre also employs on a full time basis a Psychologist, Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist and a Post Doc Research Fellow.


Parents are required to specify the times of attendance required when enrolling their child/ren.

Bookings can be made for:

  • All day for a maximum of three days per week
  • Enrolment is for one year only (February to December)

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