Child Development Centre

Welcome to the Child Development Centre, Plymouth

We are looking forward to meeting you, in the meantime please feel free to have a look at our pages about how to get to us, some things you need to know about visiting and who you might meet. We have also included some resources and signposting that you might be interested in exploring before you meet one of our team.

Child Development Centre building

Who will I meet when coming to the Child Development Centre (CDC)?

Your GP may refer your child to the CDC for a number of reasons. A few examples are patterns of development or behaviours that are unusual or are markedly different from their peers, queries regarding possible neurodiversity including autism (ASC) or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, (ADHD), delayed toileting or a looked after child requiring a statutory medical.

Children and Young People have different needs and because of this we have lots of different specialist teams here at the CDC and we work hard to make sure you/your child get to see the right team for them. We also have visiting specialist teams who hold clinics with us too. You may see one or more of the different teams below:

Audiology (Hearing Services)
Diagnostic audiological procedures and rehabilitative care for children of all ages are provided. This includes age-appropriate testing techniques, advice regarding hearing loss, referral to other agencies and when necessary comprehensive digital hearing aid fitting. We work closely with our medical colleagues in the ear, nose and throat department, and the advisory teachers of the hearing impaired.

Children’s Psychological Health and Wellbeing Team

The team has both Clinical Psychologists and Children and Young People’s Wellbeing Practitioners (CWP’S). We offer low intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) with our CWP’s, find out more here, and a range of evidence-based psychological interventions for neurodiverse children/young people and their families. We also input into assessment pathways, providing signposting and run groups. We work both online and at the Child Development Centre to provide our care. Find out more about our team and loads of resources here.

We also have a team who work with children/young people who have difficulties with their physical health. Find out more about their work here.

Community Nursing Team (CCN)
The CCN team based at The Child Development Centre provide care for any child with short or long term health needs such as diabetes, epilepsy, cystic fibrosis, complex disability and home ventilation to name just a few requiring nursing support in the home.

The children that we support cover the whole age range from 0 – 19 years. The team work closely with many outside agencies to ensure the provision of care is appropriate for each child and family for example undertaking assessments for continuing health care packages, respite provision and providing training and liaison with schools. Many of the children will stay within the team for many years before transitioning into the adult services. Others will be supported through palliative care and ultimately end of life.

Doctors

We have a team of doctors based at the CDC as well as a number of visiting consultants who hold specialist clinics, some of which are held jointly with the local team. There are general outpatient clinics for children and young people from 0-18 who's development may be delayed or significantly different from their peers, and there are also a number of specialist clinics in, genetics, neurology, neuromuscular and ophthalmology.

There is a multi-disciplinary and multi-agency service for children with conditions such as autism, ADHD and Downs Syndrome, but all our doctors engage with multi-disciplinary teams of professionals working with schools, therapists, social care, specialist services etc. for the children and young people (CYP) we see.  A number of the medical team also attend the special schools in the areas for designated clinics which allows minimal interruption to learning for these CYP. 

Children in care may attend the CDC for an initial health assessment or an adoption medical if requested by social care.

Paediatric Bladder and Bowel Team

We are a small Nurse led team, consisting of both Nurses and Associate Practitioners, who work with Children and Young people aged from 0-18 years with specialist Bladder and Bowel care needs.

We work with the children and young people and their families and carers to fully assess their needs, and develop treatment and management plans to help address their needs.

The team also have close working relationships with other healthcare professionals, educational settings and respite facilities, to ensure the young persons needs are met across all settings.

We offer our service via a combination of face to face and telephone appointments, as well as home and school visits where indicated. Occasionally virtual appointments are also offered.

Occupational Therapy

All children develop at different speeds. Occupational therapists provide support and advice for children with significant functional needs whose difficulties are impacting on their daily life.

Some children find learning certain skills more difficult than others and they may need specialist assessment and advice from one of our therapists. Our work focuses on giving children and young people the skills they need to take part, in everyday situations and provide activities to enable them to become as independent as possible and to meet their goals.

We provide support to children across the whole of Plymouth and parts of Devon and Cornwall. We aim to offer support in the most appropriate setting for your child. This may be at the Child Development Centre or a centre local to you. Depending on their needs, we may also visit your child at their pre-school, school or at home.

Physiotherapy

We provide physiotherapy services to children and young people (birth to 18 years) who are having difficulties meeting their motor milestones such as sitting, rolling, crawling and walking. Every child is unique and you as parents/carers are the experts in your child’s situation. We are here to share our knowledge and skills with you, so that you can continue to help your child.

Specialist Services for children with a learning disability, autism or ADHD

We provide assessment pathways for children and young people who may have an autism spectrum condition, both pre-school (for Plymouth and South Devon) and school-age (Plymouth only).

As well as our assessment pathway, we have our specialist nursing teams who work with young people with autism, ADHD or a learning disability.  In many cases they will take on coordination of a young person’s care.  However, they may also work alongside colleagues within the service to provide additional support around sleep, behaviour or other challenges.

Speech & Language Therapy (SaLT)
The Speech and Language Therapy team provide an assessment service for children and young people as part of the neurodevelopmental pathway. As part of this we may complete assessments relating to speech sounds, understanding of language, and using spoken language as well as more widely assessing social communication using standardised tools and observation. This may involve children coming into Child Development Centre, and they may also be seen in their educational setting or at home.

We also support children with difficulties with eating, drinking and swallowing when they are in hospital at Derriford.

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Contact Us

Plymouth Child Development Centre
Scott Business Park
Beacon Park Road
Plymouth
Devon
PL2 2PQ

Tel: 01752 439400

The Centipede Trust

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The Centipede Trust provides support for children and families who attend the Child Development Centre. Funding has been used to provide a quiet room and decorate the waiting room. For more information please contact Mo Bowman 01752 439406