A-Z of Services

Children's occupational therapy

  • Service Manager Lead: Caireen McGlashan
  • Service Contact: ch-tr.croydonchildrensot@nhs.net 
  • Address: Crystal Children’s Development Centre Malling Close , Croydon, CR0 7YD
  • Reception phone number: 020 8274 6854/50

About the acute medical service

Croydon Children’s Occupational Therapy Service provides therapy, advice, equipment and adaptations for children who have disabilities or difficulties with everyday tasks. The service is based at the Crystal Children’s Development Centre (CDC) and also works in a variety of settings including schools, nurseries, Croydon University Hospital and the child’s home. 

Occupational Therapists are specially trained to assess and provide advice and intervention for children with any disability and children who experience difficulties with everyday tasks at home, school and at play.

Read more about the service here.

Occupational Therapists assist with

  • specialist equipment
  • home adaptations
  • development of play and personal care skills
  • splinting for chronic conditions
  • coordination and fine motor skills development
  • sensory processing and integration
  • school advice to accommodate the child’s needs.

Following an assessment of the child’s needs, input is given in the form of programmes, therapy sessions, group sessions, equipment and adaptation provision, guidance to schools and working together with other relevant services to meet the child’s needs. 

General advice and activities

Please see our early years, primary school and secondary school advice sheets here. They offer activity ideas and advice for schools/guardians/parents who are concerned about their child’s functional development. They are grouped in different stages for early years and school but individual ideas may be relevant to your child regardless of stage.

Before using the activity sheets please read the 'Introduction to advice sheets' guide here. It will explain the importance and recommended frequency of repetition of the activities.

The team

Caireen McGlashan - Children’s Occupational Therapy Manager

Contact information

Croydon Children’s Occupational Therapy Service

Crystal Children’s Development Centre

Malling Close




Tel: 020 8274 6854/6850

Email: CH-TR.croydonchildrensOT@nhs.net  

Working hours: 08:30-16:30

Related services

The Children’s Occupational Therapy service works closely with a range of colleagues across Health, Education and Social Care.

Meet our teams

The team

Caireen McGlashan and Jo Kavanagh - Children’s Occupational Therapy Managers