The child development centre (CDC) is an assessment and treatment centre where specialist help is available for children of all ages and families. Children are referred when parents or professionals have concerns about their development.
Box number: 
01223 216662
Finding us: 

The centre is a purpose-built building behind the Rosie hospital.

From the main hospital entrance: through the main entrance turn right and head towards the concourse and then turn left. Walk past the hairdressers. Turn right and head along the long corridor towards the Rosie and the Treatment Centre. The CDC entrance can be found at the junction with the Rosie corridor.

From the Rosie: Once inside the Rosie, make your way through the main reception area, pass the lifts on the left. Continue straight on down the ramp. The CDC is signposted off the ramp on the left hand side.

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Most clinic referrals are from family doctors and community nurses. Some children are referred by paediatricians, community doctors and other people working with children.

The CDC team aims to work together to provide a co-ordinated family-centred service. Team members include:

  • paediatricians
  • physiotherapists
  • speech and language therapists
  • occupational therapists
  • clinical psychologists
  • music therapist
  • clinic assistant
  • secretaries

The CDC also works closely with:

  • pre-school teachers
  • the Children's Disability Team, which is a community-based team consisting of nurses, health professionals and social workers
  • other hospital departments, eg orthopaedics, vision and hearing clinics
  • the community paediatric nursing team.

The Cambridge Toy Library for children with special needs is based at the CDC.

Assessment, diagnosis, advice and treatment

Children attend the CDC for assessment, diagnosis, advice and treatment for a wide range of problems such as:

  • developmental delay
  • physical disability
  • severe co-ordination difficulties
  • communication, speech and language difficulties
  • autistic spectrum disorders
  • learning difficulties
  • vision and hearing problems
  • behaviour problems associated with developmental delay

When your child has been referred to the CDC, a first appointment is with the paediatrician who will, if necessary, request further assessments from other members of the team.

When all the assessments are complete, a treatment programme is planned with the parents.This may include therapy for a child on an individual basis or in one of the groups run at the centre. In addition, support and help is provided to parents, carers and, in some circumstances, teachers.

Your child's progress is likely to be followed up regularly by one of the CDC doctors, who co-ordinates treatment and liaises with the family doctor and, if necessary, with other professionals involved with your child.

The centre has a lot of information about:

  • benefits
  • Blue badge scheme for cars
  • Children's Disability Team
  • voluntary organisations
  • local services
  • relevant websites
  • specific diagnoses

Further information is available when you attend for your appointment or by phone.

How you can help

We are always looking for ways to improve the quality of care we provide, and we want you and your family to let us know how we can do even better. Please tell us what you think about our service, we would like to know if we do not meet the standards you expect. Please contact the Children's Services Manager on 01223 217 253.

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