Children's centres offer a range of services for families with children from birth to five in Suffolk, in a location that is handy for them.
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Reydon & Southwold @ Dragonflies Children’s Centre - Halesworth
Who to contact
- Frances Desborough
- Health & Children's Centre Co-Ordinator
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Days & Times
- Open Monday to Thursday 9:00am to 5:00pm, Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm
- 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
- Suffolk County Council 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
Please see the link above to the website for more details, guidance and assistance. The Centre Links up with health services, schools, training and employment services and other organisations to provide a wide range of services. Our service includes; Groups such as Infant Massage, Stay & Play, Baby Cafe and a sensory session. Early learning and childcare. Effective links with Jobcentre Plus and the Citizens Advice Bureau. Base for childminder network. Child and family health services including weigh, stay & play clinics. 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
Children’s Centre Name and Address:
Reydon & Southwold @ Dragonflies Children’s Centre
Named SEND Contact for our Centre:
How does Reydon & Southwold @ 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. The Children's Centre teams are made up of Family Support Practitioners and Support and Information officers.
At Reydon & Southwold @ Dragonflies 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
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 Reydon & Southwold @ Dragonflies Children’s Centres are accessible for children and families with special educational needs and/or disability?
Reydon & Southwold @ Dragonflies Children’s Centre is DDA compliant and is fully accessible from all entrances and exits. Dragonflies Children’s Centre has a disabled parking space outside the front entrance.
Our outdoor play area is at ground level and consists of some concreted areas. The outside area has some grass and covered areas.
Within the centre we have an accessible toilet with baby change facilities which includes an emergency alarm.
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
Baby brain development
Characteristics of effective learning
Communicating with young Children who have experienced early trauma
Incredible years 0-5
PEEP – Reflective parenting
Who can I contact for further information?
- Clare Besley
- 01986 874865