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Dragonflies Health & Children’s Centre - Halesworth Based within a Part Time Family Hub | Community Directory

Dragonflies Health & Children’s Centre - Halesworth Based within a Part Time Family Hub

General Details

Family Hubs are places where families can access a Health and Children’s Centre service

Who to contact

Centre's phone line OR Frances Desborough
Health & Children's Centre Co-Ordinator
01986 874865 OR 07540 671193 OR Suffolk Families Information Service on 0345 60 800 33
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Suffolk County Council-Family Hub, Dragonflies Health & Children's Centre
Wisset Road
IP19 8BT

Where to go

Suffolk County Council-Family Hub, Dragonflies Health & Children’s Centre - Halesworth
Wisset Road
IP19 8BT
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Days & Times

Open Monday to Friday 9:00am - 5:00pm. The centre closes at 2:00pm on the first Wednesday of each month and at 4:30 on Fridays.

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

Accreditation details
Suffolk County Council 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


The services we offer include: Early learning and childcare. Effective links with Jobcentre Plus. Base for childminder network. 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 Name and Address:

Dragonflies Health & Children’s Centre (with Reydon &Soutwold)    

Wissett Road


IP19 8BT

Contact Details:

01986 874865

Email Address


Named SEND Contact for our Centre:

Clare Besley

How does Dragonflies 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. The Children's Centre teams are made up of Family Support Practitioners and Support and Information officers.


At Dragonflies 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 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 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 Dragonflies Children’s Centres are accessible for children and families with special educational needs and/or disability?


Dragonflies Children’s Centre is DDA compliant and is fully accessible from all entrances and exits. Dragonflies Children’s Centre has a disabled parking space outside the front entrance.


Our outdoor play area is at ground level and consists of some concreted areas. The outside area has some grass and covered areas.


Within the centre we have an accessible toilet with baby change facilities which includes an emergency alarm.


The furniture within both 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?

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


Baby brain development


Characteristics of effective learning

Communicating with young Children who have experienced early trauma


Incredible years 0-5


Infant Massage

Baby Yoga

PEEP – Reflective parenting

Who can I contact for further information?


Clare Besley

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