(d) Early intervention services.
(1) The IFSP must include a statement of the specific early intervention services, based on peer-reviewed research (to the extent practicable), that are necessary to meet the unique needs of the child and the family to achieve the results or outcomes identified in paragraph (c) of this section, including—
(i) The length, duration, frequency, intensity, and method of delivering the early intervention services;
(A) A statement that each early intervention service is provided in the natural environment for that child or service to the maximum extent appropriate, consistent with §§303.13(a)(8), 303.26 and 303.126, or, subject to paragraph (d)(1)(ii)(B) of this section, a justification as to why an early intervention service will not be provided in the natural environment.
(B) The determination of the appropriate setting for providing early intervention services to an infant or toddler with a disability, including any justification for not providing a particular early intervention service in the natural environment for that infant or toddler with a disability and service, must be—
(1) Made by the IFSP Team (which includes the parent and other team members);
(2) Consistent with the provisions in §§303.13(a)(8), 303.26, and 303.126; and
(3) Based on the child’s outcomes that are identified by the IFSP Team in paragraph (c) of this section;
(iii) The location of the early intervention services; and
(iv) The payment arrangements, if any.
(2) As used in paragraph (d)(1)(i) of this section—
(i) Frequency and intensity mean the number of days or sessions that a service will be provided, and whether the service is provided on an individual or group basis;
(ii) Method means how a service is provided;
(iii) Length means the length of time the service is provided during each session of that service (such as an hour or other specified time period); and
(iv) Duration means projecting when a given service will no longer be provided (such as when the child is expected to achieve the results or outcomes in his or her IFSP).
(3) As used in paragraph (d)(1)(iii) of this section, location means the actual place or places where a service will be provided.
(4) For children who are at least three years of age, the IFSP must include an educational component that promotes school readiness and incorporates pre-literacy, language, and numeracy skills.