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Acorns Children's Centre - Stowmarket

Coronavirus Support


Please note; the Children's Centre will be closed during the Coronavirus pandemic.  If you have a health concern regarding a child, please telephone The Hub on 0345 607 8866, leave a message and someone will get back to you, although this may not be on the same day.  If you wish to speak to a member of the Acorns Children's Centre team, please telephone 01449 745185.


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General Details

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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

Debbie Frost
01449 745185 OR Suffolk Family Information Service on 0345 60 800 33
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Acorns Children's Centre
Violet Hill Health Centre
Violet Hill Road
IP14 1NL

Where to go

Acorns Children's Centre - Stowmarket
Violet Hill Health Centre
Violet Hill Road
IP14 1NL
Area served

Days & Times

Open Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:00

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 website
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. Acorns children's centre is also fully accredited to the Suffolk Children's University (SCU)


The services we offer include: Effective links with Jobcentre Plus. Base for childminders to meet. Child and family health services. Support for children and parents with special needs. Family support and parental outreach services.

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Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

How do Stowmarket 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 combined our Children’s Centres and our Health Visiting Teams, as we believe this will provide you with the best care and support. The Health and Children's Centre teams are made up of Health Visitors, Staff Nurses, Family Support Practitioners and Support and Information officers. 

The Stowmarket Children’s Centres 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 annually. We offer a range of universal and targeted support and services which are designed to meet the needs of all users.

Where possible, all of our group activities are planned to meet individual children’s needs. We work within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, and will aim to capture evidence of your child’s progress as she/he attends the centre. Play sessions will offer activities which can be adapted to meet individual’s needs. All of our toys 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 and groups to help support parents in managing their children’s needs and possible challenging behaviours. Please see our timetable for a full list of groups. For more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

How will staff support my child's needs?

Staff are available 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 helping you to meet your child’s and your family’s 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 thorough assessment of your child’s needs, recognising and building on his / her 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 Special Educational Needs (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 in the transition period as we know that this can be both a challenging and an emotional time.

What arrangements are in place to ensure that Stowmarket Children’s Centres are accessible for children and families with special educational needs and/or disability

Our Children’s Centres are fully accessible from all entrances and exits.

Our outdoor play areas have ramped access and consist of some concreted areas, softer outdoor flooring and grass. Within the centres we have accessible toilets with baby change facilities. All of the rooms have a mixture of vinyl non slip flooring and / or carpeted areas.

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 Children’s Centres are inclusive settings with staff who are experienced and trained in early years care and education.

Staff training 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


Relationships build brains


Build and maintain relationships

Characteristics of effective learning

Children, trauma and violence


Helping parents who misuse substances


Incredible years 0-5

Incredible Babies

Triple P

Infant Massage

Ages and Stages assessments

Schedule of Growing Skills Assessments

Staff can also refer to community paediatricians, speech and language therapists, audiologists, physiotherapists and the early years team.


Acorns – Debbie Frost
Acorns - 01449 745185

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