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Brandon Children's Centre - Brandon

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/childrenscentres and drop-in to your local centre.

Who to contact

Name
April Archer
Position
Support and Information Officer
Telephone
01842 816 111 OR Suffolk Family Information Service on 0345 60 800 33
Email
Brandon@suffolk.gov.uk
Website
http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/childrenscentres
Address
Brandon Children's Centre
The Brandon Centre
Bury Road
Brandon
Suffolk
Postcode
IP27 0BQ

Where to go

Name
Brandon Children's Centre
Address
The Brandon Centre
Bury Road
Brandon
Suffolk
Postcode
IP27 0BQ
Area served
Brandon
Parking available
Yes
Parking details
However, it is subject to availablility, as it becomes very busy during times that coinside with the school runs
Restrictions to access
All access points are wheelchair accessable. However, some of the fire escapes have a single step down.

Days & Times

Open Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 5:00pm
Session Information
Open Fridays 9:00 to 4:30

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
Accessibility
Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access

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

Notes

The services we offer include: Early learning and information on childcare. Effective links with Jobcentre Plus. Child and family health services. Support for children and parents with special needs. Family support and parental outreach services. Every week there are play opportunities, stories etc. The sessions are free and all parents/carers are welcome to attend. For details of all activities please contact us or pop into the centre for a timetable.

Service users involved in planning
Yes
Ofsted
View the latest Ofsted Inspection Report
Last Updated
01/02/2019

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Children's Centres are for families with children five and under. In Suffolk we have joined up our Children’s Centres 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 Foley House, The Lark and Brandon Children’s Centre’s, 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 they attend the centre.  Play sessions will offer activities which can be arranged to meet the individual needs and requirements of children and adapted sessions to meet an 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 supporting their children. Topics covered in the course: strategies around behaviour, setting routines and boundaries and much more.  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 family's 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 through the transition period, as we know this can be both a challenging and an emotional time.  Together, we can develop a transition plan which will help ensure that there is a smooth transition for you and your child.

We work closely with other agencies in the community, which offers families a range of support services and where children with SEN can access play activities.

Our Centres are DDA compliant and are fully accessible from all entrances and exits. We ensure all outside venues are accessible to all our families Within the centres we have accessible toilets with baby changing facilities, which include emergency alarms.   All the rooms have non slip flooring and have a mixture including a carpeted area.

The furniture within the centre 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

Makaton

EYFS

Build and maintain relationships

Characteristics of effective learning

Children, trauma and violence

Boundaries

Helping parents who misuse substances

Incredible years 0-5

Triple P

Infant massage

Video Interactive Guidance (VIG) 

 

 

Contact
Sam Whiteman
Telephone
01842 816111
Email
brandon@suffolk.gov.uk

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