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Meredith @ Wellington Children's Centre

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/childrenscentres and drop-in to your local centre.

Who to contact

Name
Deanne Smith
Position
Manager
Telephone
01473 263900 OR Suffolk Family Information Services on 0345 60 800 33
Email
Wellington@suffolk.gov.uk
Website
http://www.suffolk.gov.uk/childrenscentres
Address
52
Chevallier Street
Ipswich
Suffolk
Postcode
IP1 2PB

Where to go

Name
Meredith @ Wellington Children's Centre
Address
52
Chevallier Street
Ipswich
Suffolk
Postcode
IP1 2PB
Area served
Ipswich

Days & Times

Open Monday to Friday: 9:00am to 5:00pm.

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

Notes

We provide the following services: Early learning and childcare. Effective links with Jobcentre Plus. Base for childminder network. Child and family health services. Support for children and parents with special needs. Family support and parental outreach services. Full library service.

Ofsted
View the latest Ofsted Inspection Report
Last Updated
08/01/2019

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Children’s Centre

Name and Address:  

Meredith @ Wellington Children's Centre

52 Chevallier Street

Ipswich

IP1 2PD Contact Details:  01473 263900 Email Address 

wellingtonchildrenscentre@suffolk.gcsx.gov.uk

Named SEND Contact

for our Centre:

Lee Elliston 

How does Meredith Children’s Centre

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 Meredith Children’s Centre, 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 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 Meredith Children’s Centre is accessible for children and families with special educational needs and/or disability?

 

The site 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. 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.  

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

Makaton

EYFS

Build and maintain relationships

Characteristics of effective learning

Helping parents who misuse substances

Solihull

Who can I contact for further information? Lee Elliston– Health & Children’s Centre Manager

Contact
Lee Elliston
Telephone
01473 263900
Email
wellingtonchildrenscentre@suffolk.gcsx.gov.uk

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