For Children: ASELCC

StGiles operates the Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centre (ASELCC) to ensure young children with a diagnosis or symptoms of Autism Spectrum Disorder are able to access high quality early learning within a day care setting.

ASELCC also have a role in providing parents with support in the care of their children and hope to give them the opportunity to participate more fully in the community. Through our affiliations with research programs and universities, the centre has a research component which will help achieve a better understanding of ASD.

Our service is one of six Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centres around Australia, and the only such centre in Tasmania.

The ASELCC is jointly implemented by the Australian Government’s Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations (DEEWR) and the Department of Social Services (DSS), formally known as the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA).

The ASELCCs are an additional commitment to the Australian Government’s $190 million Helping Children with Autism package. We are operated by the StGiles Society.


Our Burnie Centre is a purpose-built centre above the mainstream childcare service, Alexander Beetle House (operated by Discovery Early Learning). The North West Tasmania ASELCC currently also provides a satellite program in four approved long day care centres on the North-West Coast.

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Your Funding Options

ASELCC Funding Choices The ASELCC team are available to deliver customised early intervention services delivered in the home, school, childcare and in the community using other funding streams like Helping Children with Autism, Better Start, National Disability Insurance Scheme, Medicare and private health insurance. Contact Us…

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Get Started

To be enrolled in the ASELCC, children must be pre-school aged (i.e. not yet commenced prep), and have a diagnosis of an Autism Spectrum Disorder or have autism like symptoms. Eligibility criteria and priority of access guidelines can be discussed with the Autism Centre Manager. Step 1 Initial Interview: Upon receiving…

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Assessment is a crucial part of supporting you and your child at ASELCC. It allows us to understand your child’s needs better and to develop a program that suits his/her needs. Assessment also is important because it allows us to show that “what we do” works. It will allow us…

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Our Model

Our curriculum is developed to ensure that each child has access to planned, targeted learning opportunities. Our curriculum is informed by the following: Early Years Learning Framework The Early Years Learning Framework (EYLF) forms the policies around Early Childhood Education in Australia.  It has been developed collaboratively by the…

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Management & Administration Our Manager at the ASELCC, Kathryn Fordyce, is a qualified Speech and Language Pathologist who has specialised in the field of autism for more than 15 years.  As well as providing assessment and therapy for children and adults with ASD, she has created training packages for organisations such…

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Be Involved

There are many ways that we would like you to be involved with your child’s enrolment as ASELCC, regardless of which centre they attend. Involvement in the program (Burnie) You are welcome to stay at the ASELCC Burnie Centre during your child’s program. You can visit for as long or…

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Contact ASELCC

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