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Sunshine Health & Children's Centre Service - Stowmarket | Community Directory

Sunshine Health & Children's Centre Service - Stowmarket

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, simply register online at: www.suffolk.gov.uk/health-and-childrens-centres-contact-details  and www.suffolk.gov.uk/healthvisiting and drop-in to your local centre.

Who to contact

Debbie Frost
01449 616091 OR Suffolk Family Information Service on 0345 60 800 33
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Sunshine Family Hub
Stowmarket Community Centre
IP14 2BD

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Where to go

Sunshine Family Hub - Stowmarket
Stowmarket Community Centre
IP14 2BD
Area served
Venue Email
Parking available
Parking details
Ample parking is available in the Community Centre car park

Days & Times

Open Monday to Thursday 08:30 - 16:30, Friday 08:30 - 12:30

Other details

Cost Details
Health & 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
Adapted Toilet

Accreditation details
Health & 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.


We provide the following Services:  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

How do Stowmarket Health & Children’s Centre services cater for children and families with special educational needs and/or disability?

Health & Children's Centre services are for families with children under five. In Suffolk we have combined our Children’s Centres and our Health Visiting Teams, as we believe this will provide you with the best care and support. The Health and Children's Centre teams are made up of Health Visitors, Staff Nurses, Healthy Child Practitioners and Health & Children's Centre Advisors. 

The Stowmarket Health & Children’s Centre services 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 annually. We offer a range of universal and targeted support and services which are designed to meet the needs of all users. 

Where possible, all of our group activities are planned to meet individual children’s needs. We work within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, and will aim to capture evidence of your child’s progress as she/he attends the centre. Play sessions will offer activities which can be adapted to meet individual’s needs. All of our toys 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 and groups to help support parents in managing their children’s needs and possible challenging behaviours. Please see our timetable for a full list of groups. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

How will staff support my child's needs? 

Staff are available 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 helping you to meet your child’s and your family’s 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 thorough assessment of your child’s needs, recognising and building on his / her 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 Special Educational Needs (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 in the transition period as we know that this can be both a challenging and an emotional time. 

What arrangements are in place to ensure that Stowmarket Health & Children’s Centre services are accessible for children and families with special educational needs and/or disability?

Our Family Hubs are fully accessible from all entrances and exits. 

Our outdoor play areas have ramped access and consist of some concreted areas, softer outdoor flooring and grass. Within the centres we have accessible toilets with baby change facilities. All of the rooms have a mixture of vinyl non slip flooring and / or carpeted areas. 

The furniture within our three centres 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.

What training or experience do the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have?

Family Hubs offering a Health & Children's Centre service are inclusive settings with staff who are experienced and trained in early years care and education.

Staff training 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


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Build and maintain relationships

Characteristics of effective learning

Children, trauma and violence


Helping parents who misuse substances


Incredible years 0-5

Incredible Babies

Triple P

Infant Massage

Ages and Stages assessments

Schedule of Growing Skills Assessments 

Staff can also refer to community paediatricians, speech and language therapists, audiologists, physiotherapists and the early years team.


Debbie Frost
01449 616091
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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