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Bluebells Family Hub - Stanton

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A Family Hub is somewhere families, parents, carers, young people can get support.

Our Family Hub model includes:

  • Buildings - these are local support centres for all families, young people, parents and carers to access.  They are a place to get help, information, advice, guidance, and support that might otherwise be too hard to find.
  • Outreach - Family Hubs will deliver health and family support services in the community, bringing services to families in their community.
  • Services and Support - which all families can access.  Staff working in our Family Hubs will work hard to ensure families receiving the right support, at the right time, to help them thrive.
  • A place to meet a variety of Practitioners to get a wide range of advice and support.  Staff working in our Family Hubs will work in partnership with families and other community providers to ensure the right services are available for families to access.

On here you will find the timetables of the 0-5 activities and services available.  We are working with the community and families to develop our 5-19 offer.  Until then, information, advice, and guidance is available for all families at any family hub across Suffolk.

We are based at Bluebells Family Hub in Stanton. We run services in surrounding villages including Honington, Elmswell, Ixworth, Thurston and Woolpit.

Some of the things we can advise and help with include:
Introducing Solids
Healthy Lifestyles
Food bank referrals
Adult Learning
Domestic Abuse
Citizens Advice
Healthy Start Vitamins
Local baby and toddler groups

For general enquiries, give us a call on 01359 254282 or email bluebells@suffolk.gov.uk. Take a look at our downloads on the right to see our What's On.

For more information please see our Health Visiting webpage or our School Nursing webpage.

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Health Business Centre

Tel: 03456078866
Email: Childrenshealth@suffolk.gov.uk
Contact the Health Business Centre if you need advice or support from a Health Visitor or Healthy Child Practitioner or want to make or change an appointment.

Who to contact

Lisa Cooper
Health & Children's Centre Coordinator
01359 254282
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Where to go

Bluebells Family Hub- Stanton
Bury Lane
IP31 2DE
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Area served
Elmswell, Mid Suffolk, Thurston, West Suffolk, All Suffolk, Ixworth
Parking available

Days & Times

Open Monday 9am-4pm, Tuesday 9am-4pm, Wednesday 9am-12:30pm, Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-5pm

Other details

Cost Details
Our services are free.
Age Groups
Pre-school, 16-25 years, Children (5-11), Adults, Young people
Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access, Adapted Toilet
Service users involved in planning
View the latest Ofsted Inspection Report

Support for people with disabilities

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

How does Bluebells Family Hub cater for children and families with special educational needs and/or disability?

Our Hubs are for families with children 0-19 and for up to the age of 25 for young people with SEND. 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, Staff Nurses, Healthy Child Practitioners and Health & Children's Centre Advisors.

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 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.

We work closely with other agencies in the community and have links with Stowmarket 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 Bluebells and Jigsaw Family Hubs are accessible for children and families with special educational needs and/or disability?

Our Hubs are DDA compliant and are fully accessible from all entrances and exits. The centre at Stanton has a disabled parking space outside the front entrance.

Our outdoor play area consists of some concrete, grass and covered areas. The garden has a mixture of high and low level beds, where children can dig, plant and watch things grow. Within the hubs we have accessible toilets with baby change facilities which include emergency alarms.  All the rooms have non slip flooring and 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.

What training or experience do the staff supporting children and young people with SEND have?

The Hub 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
  • Relationships build brains
  • EYFS
  • Build and maintain relationships
  • Characteristics of effective learning
  • Children, trauma and violence
  • Boundaries
  • Helping parents who misuse substances
  • Solihull
  • Incredible years 0-5


Who can I contact for further information?

Lisa Cooper - Health & Children's Centre Coordinator

Lisa Cooper
01359 254282

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