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Hillside Health and Children's Centre Services - Ipswich | Community Directory

Hillside Health and Children's Centre Services - Ipswich

General Details

Health and Children’s Centres are places where families with young children under 5 can go to access a range of activities and support services, in a location that is handy for them.

To access any Health and Children’s Centre service, visit www.suffolk.gov.uk/health-and-childrens-centres-contact-details  and www.suffolk.gov.uk/healthvisiting or drop into your local centre.


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Hillside Children Centre Service is a Part-Time Hub. Our official opening hours will be: Monday 9-5, Tuesday 9-5 and Thursday 9-5. Due to Covid-19 Restrictions we are still operating by an appointment only service. We are hoping to update our groups in January. 



Who to contact

Sam Lewis
01473 786630 OR Suffolk Family Information Service on 0345 60 800 33
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Hillside Children's Centre
Maidenhall Approach

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Where to go

Hillside Children's Centre - Ipswich
Maidenhall Approach
Area served
South Ipswich, Ipswich, West Ipswich
Venue Website
Bus Route 15: http://www.ipswichbuses.co.uk/timetable_15.html
Restrictions to access
Limited available parking spaces for only a couple of hours

Days & Times

Open Monday to Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm. Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm.

Other details

Cost Details
Children's Centre Services are free, however there may be a small cost towards some activities for equipment, food or drink.
Age Groups
Pre-school, Adults
Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access, Adapted Toilet

Accreditation details
Children’s Centres are places where children under 5 years old and their families can receive seamless integrated services and information, and where they can access help from multi-disciplinary teams of professionals


Services: Early learning and childcare links. Effective links with Jobcentre Plus. Base for childminder groups. Child and family health services. Support for children and parents with special needs. Family support and parental outreach services.

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Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Children's Centre’s are for families with children under five. In Suffolk we have joined up our Children’s Centre’s with our Health Visiting service, as we believe this will provide you with the best care and support.   The Children's Centre teams are made up of Health Visitors, Family Support Practitioners and Support and Information officers.

At The South Ipswich Children’s Centres, we are committed to promoting and providing high quality learning and play opportunities. We believe in valuing and respecting each individual in a welcoming, accessible and inclusive environment. The centre has an equal opportunity policy which is reviewed as a minimum yearly.   We offer a range of universal and targeted support and services which are designed to meet the needs of all users.

Where possible, all our group activities are planned to meet individual children’s needs. We work within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, and will capture evidence of your child’s progress as she/he attends the centre.   Play sessions will offer activities which can be arranged on different heights including floor level and we can adapt sessions to meet individual’s needs. All our toys and equipment are suitable for children aged 0 to 5 years and we have a range of specialist resources, including sensory equipment.

We offer a range of parenting courses to help support parents in managing challenging behaviours. Please see our timetable for a full list of groups and for more information.

Staff are on hand during our activities and can offer help and support as required. One-to-one support is available for families in the home and we will work in partnership with you and other agencies in meeting your families and child’s individual needs. Your child is at the heart of our service, and should you require additional help, we will work with you to help identify any areas of concern, ensuring your child’s wishes and feelings are at the centre of the support. We are trained to use the Common Assessment Framework to ensure that we are able to undertake a good assessment of your child’s needs, recognizing and building on their strengths.

Information, advice and guidance is available and we can help to signpost you to other relevant local services and support as required. These can include

The Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service (SENDIASS) which provides information, advice and support to young people and children with SEN or disabilities aged 0-25 and their parents, about education, health and social care

Suffolk Early Learning Together Service
Speech and Language Therapists
Behavioural Support Services
Specialist Services

When it is time for your child to start attending nursery or school, we can support you the transition period as we know this can be both challenging and an emotional time. Together, we can develop a transition passport which will help ensure that there is a smooth transition for you and your child.

We work closely with other agencies in the community.

Our Centres are DDA compliant and are fully accessible from all entrances and exits. The site at Willows and Hawthorn have a disabled parking space outside the front entrance.

Our outdoor play areas have ramped access and consist of some concreted areas, softer outdoor flooring and artificial grass, and covered areas. The garden has a mixture of high and low level beds, where children can dig, plant and watch things grow. Within the centres we have accessible toilets with baby change facilities which include emergency alarms.   

The furniture is entirely moveable and adaptable allowing us the flexibility of creating and moving spaces if required. All resources and equipment are displayed at child-height, and are fully accessible, allowing children to make independent choices about their play.

The centre is an inclusive setting with staff experienced and trained in early years care and education.

Staff Training undertaken includes:

ECAT – Every Child a Talker
Autism Awareness and supporting families
WelComm – staff are trained to undertake WelComm (Speech & Language) assessments and support parents in helping their child’s language development
Elklan – training to support staff working with children with speech, language and communication needs
Relationships build brains
Build and maintain relationships
Characteristics of effective learning
Children, trauma and violence
Helping parents who misuse substances
Incredible years 0-5
Social Pedagogy 
Fiona Roseveare
01473 786630
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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