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High Suffolk Health & Children's Centre Service - Debenham | Community Directory

High Suffolk Health & Children's Centre Service - Debenham

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, in a location that is handy for them.

To access any Health and Children’s Centre service, simply register online at: www.suffolk.gov.uk/health-and-childrens-centres-contact-details  and drop-in to your local centre.

Who to contact

Debbie Frost
01728 862900 OR Suffolk Family Information Service 0345 60 800 33
High Suffolk Children's Centre
Gracechurch Street
IP14 6BL

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Where to go

High Suffolk Health & Children's Centre Service - Debenham
Gracechurch Street
IP14 6BL
Area served
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Parking available

Days & Times

Open Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9:00am - 1:00pm. Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am -5:00pm. Please use the maps attached and not the journey planner map.

Other details

Cost Details
Children's centre services are free, however for some activities a small charge may apply for equipment or food and drink.
Age Groups
Pre-school, Adults

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Accreditation details
Family Hubs 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


The High Suffolk Children's Centre is open Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9-1 and Tuesday & Thursday 9-5 for children under five years of age and their families, offering a full range of friendly, accessible services and support including: Information and advice, Stay and play groups, baby yoga, baby massage, messy play, story and rhyme sessions, Health clinics, Support for children with additional needs, Holiday activities, and links with Jobcentre Plus. We also offer a range of Child and family health services, Support for children and parents with special needs and Family support and parental outreach services.

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Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

How does High Suffolk & Eye Children’s Centre Service cater for children and families with special educational needs and/or disability?

Children's Centre Services 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 High Suffolk & Eye Family Hubs, 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.

We work closely with other agencies in the community and have good links with Eye Opportunity Group, which offers families a range of support services and where children with SEN can access play activities. Eye Opportunity Group has a designated notice board at Eye Children’s Centre.

What arrangements are in place to ensure that High Suffolk & Eye 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 Debenham has a disabled parking space outside the front entrance.

Our outdoor play areas have ramped access and consist of some concreted areas, softer outdoor flooring and artificial grass. We have covered areas at both sites. The garden has 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. All the rooms at Eye have non slip flooring and Debenham has 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


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Build and maintain relationships

Characteristics of effective learning

Children, trauma and violence


Helping parents who misuse substances


Incredible years 0-5

Social Pedagogy

Debbie Frost – Health & Children’s Centre Manager
01728 862900

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