Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust - Children's Development Centre

Some children with additional health needs / disability are identified at or very early after birth.  For these preschool children many of the health assessments take place at the Child Development Centre (CDC) at Sandy Lane in Orford. 

Referral to the CDC is usually via health professionals.  On referral many of the initial appointments are with the Specialist Learning Disability Nurse who will visit the family in the home to explain the role of the CDC.    This will be followed by an assessment with the Community Paediatrician and possibly the Health Visitor.  The Paediatrician will work with parents to carry out an assessment of the child’s development and areas of need.  Assessments may also be carried out by other members of the team such as Physiotherapists, Audiologists or Speech and Language Therapists.   After the assessment process is complete the team will discuss with parents any diagnosis that is appropriate, any further actions or therapy required and will create a support plan for the family. 

A child may attend the following as part of a programme of care:-

Developmental Playgroup – this is organised by the specialist nurses and physiotherapists to enable pre-school children aged 18 month plus to have the opportunity to learn in structured play sessions with parents. Attendance at the group is by invitation only and places are offered on a termly basis

The Sunshine Assessment Nursery – is located in Sandy Lane Children’s Centre, Sandy Lane, Orford.  Children may be admitted to the nursery for one or two sessions in the academic year in which they are 3 years old.

Sandy Lane Nursery School and Dallam Nursery have supported places for children with additonal needs which are accessed following discussion with the early years SEN consultant.

Multi-sensory Room – Centre staff use this for an individual child’s therapy or for groups.

Who to contact

01925 867867

Where to go

Child Development Centre,
Sandy Lane

Time / date details

When is it on
Monday-Thursday - 8.30am-5.00pm, Friday - 8.30am-4.30pm

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