PEDAL Early Intervention is a family-centred educational and allied health service providing care and programs to the families of children 0-7 years of age.

PEDAL services can also facilitate older siblings, Mum’s, Dad’s and Carers. Currently PEDAL offers:

  • Speech Pathology

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Sensory Gym

  • Specialist Early Intervention Education

  • Parenting Education

  • Music, Art, Water and Play Therapies

  • Transition to School

  • Behaviour Therapy

  • Cognitive Development

  • Advocacy

  • Social Skills Groups

  • Nutrition & Dietary resources

  • Play Groups

  • Pre-school inclusion support

PEDAL HISTORY

Since conception in 1976 as The New England Diagnostic Centre (NEED), the organisation has had various name changes and places of service delivery. NEED first offered education and allied health services until the name changed to Armidale and District Early Intervention Service Incorporated (ADEIS) in 1997. In 2004 the name change to PEDAL was initiated by a little boy whose Mother worked at PEDAL.

He announced that ‘if you learn how to PEDAL on a bike... you don’t forget', hence the new name was born under the auspice of Promoting Early Development And Learning.

In 2014 PEDAL built permanent premises on the Armidale Community Pre-School Precinct and imported the magnificent resources in the English Sensory Gym from overseas. The building has art and music rooms, garden and consulting rooms. PEDAL Staff deliver services to all the community through home visits, schools, pre-schools, parks, libraries and playgrounds.

PEDAL has exceptionally experienced staff in Education and Allied Health with staff holding Masters level qualifications or currently completing Post Graduate Studies. The Non-Government Organisation is run by a Management Committee of eight people who hold highly esteemed positions in the Community.

  • Poh Woodland was a UNE Tutor, Armidale’s Bicentennial Coordinator and Council’s Public Relations Officer (1989-2012), retired to be involved in community voluntary work.

  • Jane Guilfoyle is the Manager of Communities for the Armidale and Dumaresq Shire Council and an active member of many community events.

  • Min Seto brings over a decade of experience working in management positions in the Health and Community Services sector. She is passionate about social justice and working at the strategic level to drive change, all to provide better opportunities for marginalised people to reach their full potential.

 

  • Joanne Guest – President and currently running the Overseas Student area for The Armidale School.

  • Alan St Clair -

  • Marieta Burgess – Secretary. Marieta is a nurse at the Armidale Hospital, a past client’s Mother and co-owns Armidale’s leading engineering and building company Rossbuild.

  • Valarie Dalton -


Currently PEDAL provides services under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). PEDAL also provides Early Intervention and Allied Health services, Fee for Service and can be contracted for special projects.

As a registered charity PEDAL is able to subsidise some services when donations permit.

The team at PEDAL is involved in supporting local pre-schools to ensure all children have equitable access to education.