What we do
The Child Development Centre (CDC) service assesses and treats pre school children who have identified health needs. These can include children who have difficulties communicating and interacting with others, or a delay to their development in two or more areas such as impaired vision and hearing difficulties. We also provide assessments where there is likely to be an underlying diagnosis such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
We provide early identification and coordination of intervention for neonatal (premature) babies with a predicted delay to two areas or more of their development which can be offered on the neonatal unit and continue on discharge.
Our main aim is to ensure the best health outcomes for each child and provide developmental management for children requiring therapeutic interventions. We work together with the parent or guardian so that they feel fully in control.
We work alongside Community Paediatricians; other provider services such as Children’s Psychology Services and Children’s Integrated Therapy and Nursing Service; education providers such as the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities team (SEND) and Portage services provided by Lancashire County Council and other services for preschool children.
Some of the extended services we currently provide are sleep clinics for practical advice and guidance around sleep difficulties, Incredible Years (co-run with Paediatric Learning Disability Team, LCFT) and Cygnet (co-run with Children’s Psychology Services, LCFT).
The service offers families the opportunity to meet with other professionals and other parents in a child friendly environment at either of our two CDC’s dependant on their assigned catchment area.
CDC staff will arrange to visit your child in the home and in the nursery provision (if applicable) as part of the assessment process. Any centre based activity allows observation f your child away from their home environment.
Home visits are made by the specialist health visitors who act as a first contact for families. They will explain what will happen throughout the assessment process, answer any questions and explore any highlighted additional needs. This is in addition to the mainstream health visiting service to ensure coordination and contact with our services are seamless.
How to access the service
Currently the service is delivered to preschool children and will include those who have had deferred entry to school. We take referrals of children living within Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley and Rossendale.
Referrals to the service are received from the Community Consultant Paediatrician, Neonatology Consultant or Physiotherapy. If you think your child may need our service, please discuss this with any of the professionals mentioned who will be able to advise you and make a referral if appropriate.
All referrals to our service are reviewed by the CDC team prior to acceptance to ensure we are the best service to help your child. If we think another service is more suitable, we will tell your referrer and give advice.
For the majority of children accessing our service, care is provided in conjunction with other agencies and NHS trusts. Children should receive appropriate, high quality care that is integrated and coordinated around their health needs whilst taking into account any additional factors. We strive to try and achieve this where possible.
Where to find us
Our service is currently provided from our two CDC’s:
Located within the Acorn Primary Health Care Centre,
421 Blackburn Rd, Accrington BB5 1RT.
We have our own designated entrance located to the left of the main entrance.
Patients attending from Hyndburn, Ribble Valley and Rossendale locations.
Located within the Rainbow Centre,
Area 7, Floor 1 at Burnley General Teaching Hospital, Casterton Avenue, Burnley BB10 2PQ.
Patients attending from Burnley and Pendle locations.
Consultant Paediatricians for Holly House CDC: Dr Reilly and Dr Malakar
Consultant Paediatricians for Rainbow CDC: Dr Williams and Dr Stuart-Booth
Specialist Health Visitor for Holly House CDC: Julie Greenwood and Deborah Kay
Specialist Health Visitor for Rainbow CDC: Geri Arkwright and Deborah Kay
Neonatal link Specialist Health Visitor: Deborah Kay
We offer a Monday to Friday service between the hours of 08:30-16:30. We are closed during bank holiday and the Christmas period.
Some parts of our assessment processes and therapy sessions are held on set days due to the availability of multi disciplinary professionals and to ensure we are able to meet our ever growing service need. Where we can flexible we will endeavour to do so however please be mindful of this if we can not accommodate an alternative day and time.
Involvement from the parent or guardian is considered to be fundamental to child development. Therefore there is an expectation for you to attend the centre with your child for the duration required. This applies to the majority of our services offered.
Our aim is to empower you with strategies and advice to enable your child to reach their full potential. It is an opportunity for you to meet other parents in a relaxed environment.
Full attendance at these sessions is important, if you cannot attend for any reason please can you contact us prior to your session. Please ensure you arrive on time to the sessions to keep disruption to your child and other children in the group to a minimum.
We are always looking at ways to improve the quality of care we provide and we want you and your family to let us know how we can be even better. Please tell us what you think about our service, we would like to know if we do not meet the standards we have set but also if you were happy with your experience within our service.