01/20/2015 11:35 EST | Updated 03/22/2015 05:59 EDT

Nova Scotia wants to cut wait times for early intervention program for children

HALIFAX - The Nova Scotia government is hiring more staff to help ease a waiting list of children who need early intervention programs across the province.

A review of the programs released by Education Minister Karen Casey recommends the government strengthen and improve access to them.

Early intervention programs are designed to help young children diagnosed with or who are at risk of developmental delays through intensive treatment that starts from the time the child is born to when they are old enough to enter school.

Casey says the government will start implementing changes recommended in the review, including the call to hire new workers to reduce wait ties.

The province says there are more than 300 children waiting for these services.

Casey says improvements to the system will happen in the next few years.

"Adding more early interventionists is only the beginning," she said in a statement.

"Over the next three years we will improve how early intervention programs work in Nova Scotia to make sure that our children and their families are receiving the support they need, when they need it and in their local community."