The North East Language Development Centre is an early years school for children with language disorders or difficulties who have average cognitive ability. It is one of five Centres in Western Australia. The North East LDC main campus shares a site with West Morley Primary School and the North Balga site is on the North Balga Primary School campus. Both sites have classes from Kindy to Year 2. Students attend the Centre on a full time basis for a maximum of three years depending on need.
The Centre teaches all learning areas except languages other than English. There is a focus on the oral language and comprehension of concepts in each Learning Area. There is an emphasis on visual supports and frameworks to support learning and aid memory. Class sizes are small with support for students in oral language sessions. There is a transition programme for students re-entering the mainstream school system.
Enrolment is by a referral process which requires students to be assessed by a speech pathologist for kindy students and by a speech pathologist and school psychologist for pre primary and year 1. All referrals are assessed by a panel. Not all students who are assessed are offered a place.