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Croydon Mayor opens new Crystal Children’s Development Centre
20 January 2017

The Mayor of Croydon has officially opened Croydon’s first Child Development Centre to provide multi-disciplinary services for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND).

The new centre in Malling Close, Addiscombe brings together all SEND services, including those that previously were based at the Crystal Centre in Broad Green, and will deliver real benefits for children, families and staff.

More than 100 people, including staff and local families, came along to the official opening of the centre yesterday.
Mayor of Croydon Wayne Trakas-Lawlor said: “This is a fantastic new resource which is much needed by the local community and I am confident it will improve the delivery of services for many children and their families.”

John Goulston, CHS chief executive, said: “Thank you to everyone who played a part in creating this amazing new centre which will really benefit local children and also offers staff a fantastic flexible working environment. Today’s opening is a celebration of excellent partnership working between families, the NHS in Croydon and Croydon Council.”

Mitika White, who attended the launch and whose five year old daughter uses the centre, said: “Staff have always been nice and the new, spacious centre will be a much better place to come to when we have appointments. The new centre has given local families a lot of optimism.”

Child Development Centres are the established best practice model for SEND and are based on the idea that all children deserve access to a range of high quality services.

The new centre, which has been created with support from Croydon Council will provide:

• Children’s Hearing Service (Audiology)
• Children’s Physiotherapy
• Children’s Occupational Therapy
• Community Paediatrics
• Children ENT clinics
• Children’s Speech and Language Therapy
• Children’s Community Nursing services

For children and families, the benefits include an improved experience in a more child-friendly environment and better parking facilities. They should also find that they need to attend fewer appointments because multi-agency working means decisions can be made more quickly.

For staff, the benefits include the opportunity to work effectively with greater integration of services, improved multi-agency assessments and more rapid decision-making. The centre also offers a modern working environment, better parking and opportunities for flexible.

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