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East Ipswich Children's Centre

Coronavirus Support

This centre is closed until further notice. Please visit our Facebook page which we are regularly updating with our latest news, video posts of play activities aligned to the groups we normally run and for signposting to further support and guidance.

If you need to contact a Health Visitor please call 0345 607 8866 or email

If you are concerned about the safety and wellbeing of a child, young person or adult please call Customer First 0808 800 4005 or Suffolk Police 01473 613500 and only in an emergency call 999

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.

To find out more visit and or drop-in to your local centre.

Who to contact

Tracey Baldry
Healthy Child Practice Manager
01473 322055 or Suffolk Family Information Service on 0345 608 0033

Where to go

Various Venues
Based at: Tree House Children's Centre
251 Clapgate Lane
Area served
East Ipswich
Venue Email

Please do not use the Journey Planner map, rather use the attached maps to the Children's Centre

Days & Times

Open: Monday to Thursday 9:00am - 5:00pm and Friday 9:00am - 4:30pm
Time of day

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
Sure Start 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.


We provide the following services: Family Support and Outreach services, Baby Massage sessions, Baby Babble sessions, Child Health Clinic, Messy Play group, Music & Movement group, Breast Feeding support, Stay and Play group, Information and Advice, Library and links with Jobcentre Plus.

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Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Children’s Centre Name and Address:

East Ipswich Children’s Centres


Treehouse Children’s Centre

Clapgate Lane



Ravenswood Children’s Centre


East Ipswich Outreach service




Contact Details:

Treehouse / East Ipswich outreach – 01473 322055

Ravenswood – 01473 714521

Email Address


Named SEND Contact for our Centre:

Tracey Baldry

How does North Ipswich Children’s Centre’s 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 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, Healthy Child Practitioners and Health and Children's Centre Advisors. 


At Treehouse, Ravenswood and East Ipswich outreach 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 to meet the individual needs and requirements of children and  adapted 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 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.


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 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 and have good links with Ipswich Opportunity group, which offers families a range of support services and where children with SEN can access play activities.

What arrangements are in place to ensure that East Ipswich 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. 

Our outdoor play areas have easy access and consist of some concreted areas, softer outdoor flooring and grass. We have covered areas at both sites. We ensure all outside venues are accessible to all our families Within the centres we have accessible toilets with baby change facilities which include emergency alarms.   All the rooms have non slip flooring and have a mixture including a carpeted area.


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



Build and maintain relationships

Characteristics of effective learning

Children, trauma and violence


Helping parents who misuse substances

Incredible years 0-5

Triple P


Social Pedagogy

Video Interactive Guidance (VIG)


Who can I contact for further information?

Tracey Baldry



Tracey Baldry
01473 322055

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