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Sudbury Health & Children's Centres Outreach Services

Please note that Woodlands Children's Centre in Glemsford is now closed.  However, we are providing a variety of services from Glemsford Village Hall, Clare Community Hall and Great Cornard Library.  Please see our timetable for more information. 

If you need to contact someone please call either the Phoenix Children's Centre on 01787 888666 or Cornfields Children's Centre 01787 315190.

Who to contact

Vanessa Smith
Health & Children's Centre Manager
01787 888666
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Where to go

Woodlands @ The Phoenix Children’ Centre
Tudor Road
CO10 1NP
Area served
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Restrictions to access
The Village Hall is located at Tower Meadow, Tye Green, Glemsford CO10 7RH. PARKING: There is ample parking at the hall.

Services are delivered from the Glemsford Village Hall.  There is ample parking and access is all at ground level.

Days & Times

Please see our timetable for the latest information.

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
Wheelchair Access, Adapted Toilet

The Children's Centre services include: - Links with health services, schools, training and employment services and other organisations to provide a wide range of services. Please see the link above to the website for more details, guidance and assistance. We offer a limited timetable of services throughout the week in the local village hall for families with children under 5 years. We have session called 'Tot Rock' - a nursery rhyme & music orientated activity. We have a larger activity session called 'Woodys' where lots of fun is to be had with different crafts, toys and sensory play each week , and this is combined twice a month with a visit from the Health Visitors who run a baby weigh clinic.   Please see the timetable below for more information and contact numbers. Our services are community led so can be subject to change. Family support and parental outreach services are also on offer which include home visits. Please contact staff for more information, they are always willing to offer support and advice.

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Children's Centres are for families with children under five. In Suffolk we have joined up our Children’s Centre’s with the 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 the Sudbury 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 Revised 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 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 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’s 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 Sudbury Children’s Centres are accessible for children and families with special educational needs and/or disability?

The sites have disabled parking spaces outside the front entrances.

The Children’s Centres are easily accessed for those with pushchairs or wheelchairs. Our outdoor play areas are all at ground level and consist of some concreted areas, softer outdoor flooring and grassed areas. The gardens have 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 and all internal doors are wider to allow easy access.

The furniture within the 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 centres are 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

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Helping parents who misuse substances


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Vanessa Smith
01787 888666

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