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Caterpillar Children's Centre - Woodbridge

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: and drop-in to your local centre.

Who to contact

Linda Mitchell and Becky Coxall
01394 388276 OR Suffolk Family Information Service on 0345 60 800 33
7 Cumberland Street
IP12 4AH

Kirsten Ault Family Support Practitioner

Kayleigh Woodall Family Support Practitioner

Emma Smith Support and Information Officer

Ros Johnson Support and Information Officer

Jess Berry Support & Information Officer

Additional contact

Children's Centre Co-Ordinator
Caterpillar Children's Centre
7 Cumberland Street
IP12 4AH

Where to go

Caterpillar Children's Centre - Woodbridge
Caterpillar Children's Centre
7 Cumberland Street
IP12 4AH
Area served
Suffolk, Woodbridge

Days & Times

Open Monday, Tuesday, 9:00am to 4:30pm, Wednesday 9.00am to 2.00pm, Thursday 9.30am to 4.30pm and on Fridays 9.00am to 4.00pm

Other details

Cost Details
Children's centres are free, however there may be a small cost towards some activities for equipment, food or drink. equipment or food/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 integrated services and information, and where they can access help from multi-disciplinary teams of professionals.


Meet the team: Carolyn LeMay, Children's Centre Manager; Imogen Scholler and Amanda Sharman, Family Practitioners;Ros Johnson & Emma Smith, Support and Information Officers. We look forward to meeting you and your family. For general information about Caterpillar Children's Centre, please contact a member of our staff.

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Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Children’s Centre Name and Address:

Caterpillar Children’s Centre, 7 Cumberland St, Woodbridge IP12 4AH

Rendlesham Children’s Centre, Sycamore Drive, Rendlesham. IP12 2GF

Kesgrave Children’s Centre, 22 Bell Lane, Kesgrave. IP5 1JQ

Contact Details:

Caterpillar: 01394 388276

Rendlesham: 01394 462191

Kesgrave:   01473 265833

Email Address

Named SEND Contact for our Centre:

Caterpillar – Kayleigh Woodall

Rendlesham – Natasha Doy

Kesgrave – Petra Morgan

How does Caterpillar, Rendlesham and Kesgrave Children’s Centres 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 Caterpillar, Rendlesham and Kesgrave 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 Caterpillar, Rendlesham and Kesgrave 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 Caterpillar has a disabled parking space at the back of the building.


The furniture within our 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



Communication & Language


Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the Early Years



Working together with families with additional needs

Handling People with special needs

Incredible years 0-5


Who can I contact for further information?

Carolyn LeMay – Health & Children’s Centre Manager    07947593793

Carolyn Le May

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