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Haverhill, Ipswich, Hadleigh, Halesworth, Kessingland, Lakenheath, Ixworth, Kesgrave, Lowestoft, Mid Suffolk, Lavenham, East Suffolk, Leiston, Newmarket, Mildenhall, Needham Market, Beccles, Saxmundham, Brandon, Aldeburgh, Babergh, Oulton Broad, Capel St Mary, Stowmarket, Stradbroke, Clare, Southwold, Bungay, Bury St Edmunds, Elmswell, Eye, Thurston, Debenham, Sudbury, Framlingham, Wickham Market, Woodbridge, Glemsford, Felixstowe, West Suffolk
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Pre-school, Children (5-11), Adults, Young people
Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access, Braille Resources, Low vision resources, Stair Lift, Lift, Telephone Typewriter, Adapted Toilet, Sign Language, Audio Loop, Audio Description

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ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Aspergers Syndrome
Accessible parking, Adventure play area, Allotment, Arts and crafts, Baby facilities, CCTV, Climbing frame, Close to parks, Computer, Creche available, Enclosed outdoor play area, Equipment for all ages, Forest school, Games consoles, Garden, Healthy eating, Homework support, Kitchen, MEAB accredited montessori school, Out-door play, Outdoor play equipment, Pet birds, Pet cats, Pet dogs, Pet fish, Pet reptile, Pet small mammals, Pets, Playroom, Private changing area, Quiet area, Sensory garden, Sensory play equipment, Sensory room, Sleeping area, Slide, Soft play area, Swimming pool, Swings, TV, TV - DVD, Take children on outings, Trampoline, Vegetable patch, Village walks

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How does Carousel Children’s Centre cater for children and families with special educational needs and/or disability?

Children's Centres 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 Carousel Children’s Centre, 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 lists of groups and for more information.

How will staff support my child's needs?

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, recognising 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 with 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.

What arrangements are in place to ensure that Carousel Children’s Centres are accessible for children and families with special educational needs and/or disability?

Our Centres are DDA compliant and are fully accessible from all entrances and exits. The site at Carousel has a disabled parking space.

Our outdoor play areas have ramped access and consist of some concreted areas, softer outdoor flooring and artificial grass. 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. Many 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?

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 WelComm – staff are trained to undertake WelComm (Speech & Language) assessments and support parents in helping their child’s language development EYFS Understanding Your Childs Behaviour – Solihull Approach for Parents  Webster Stratton - Incredible Years Mellow Parenting HENRY – Childhood Obesity Building Baby Brains

Who can I contact for further information?

Maria Stephens-Row – Health & Children’s Centre Manager


Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments


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