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Birmingham Child Development Centres

* Service operating at reduced capacity due to COVID-19 restrictions. Please refer as normal. 

Click here for a sheet with picture illustrations to help parents and carers explain the COVID-19 coronavirus-related school closure to children.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) – information for children, young people and families - 27th March 2020

We understand that you might be worried about coronavirus – also known as COVID-19 – particularly if your child has a long-term health condition. This information sheet from Birmingham Community Health Care Foundation Trust (BCHC) sets out our advice and the action we are taking to respond to the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 Information Leaflet

Click here to go to the Birmingham Communication and Autism web pages, including resources and support for transitioning children and young people with autism back into their school/ setting after COVID-19 lockdown.

COVID-19 / coronavirus closure – child development centres

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak the child development centres at Castle Vale, Heartlands, Park House, Bacchus Rd and Allens croft have closed for all face to face appointments. If you have a booked appointment a member of the team will be calling you to cancel your appointment and discuss next steps.

If you have any concerns or questions or would like some advice or support to manage your child’s additional needs during this difficult period you can contact the child development centre team by:

  • Phone 0121 466 6825. Please leave a clear message giving your child’s name and date of birth, your name and your phone number. We will attempt to return your call within 48 hours. Please do not use any of the other CDC telephone lines as we cannot guarantee messages on these will be picked up. In particular we have not currently have staff working from Heartlands CDC.
  • email – we will attempt to respond to your email within 48 hours.


You can also seek advice and support from the following organisations;


Who needs a Child Development Centre?

The service is for pre-school children with physical or developmental delay who may need additional help, support or intervention in order to reach their potential. If children show delay in development in two or more areas, for example physical development and speech development they may need to be assessed at the Child Development Centre.

Access to the Child Development Centre

Referrals are accepted from all children’s health professionals, general practitioners and those working in children’s pre-school settings.

Referral criteria are detailed below:

Click here to download the PDF version of the Children and Families referral form for all services.

Click here to download the Children and Families Referral form for all services (Word document version).

Children for whom there are significant concerns in 2 or more areas of development, who may or may not have a diagnosis

Children registered with any Birmingham GP

Children under 5 where children attend pre-school provision, it should be demonstrated that the CDC will provide added value.

Services provided by a Child Development Centre

A range of professionals offer assessment and intervention for children who are referred. Staff work in partnership with the child’s parent/carer and there is a clear assessment process in place for children. The Child Development Centres are supportive and inclusive and take into account other services available to children in the community. The service offers an integrated and coordinated approach for children using a “Team around the Family” ethos.

The Multidisciplinary Team

This involves a range of health professionals, who will work together to deliver a comprehensive package of care for children. Within the Child Development Centres this comprises of:

Clinical Services Co-ordinators

They coordinate the services provided by the multidisciplinary team and are the main point of contact for staff, families and other professionals. They are the link between the family, the team and other agencies involved.

Consultant Paediatricians & Registrars

Assess all children referred to the CDC to determine their medical needs and diagnosis. They may refer children to other services or professionals.

Link Workers

They will interpret for families who do not speak English as a first language. They can act as a link between home and the team for families, and will support them in accessing appropriate services. Not all Child Development Centres have link workers.   

Nursery Nurses

The nursery nurse will work with and assess children’s play skills. They will often visit the child at home to explain the assessment process and to see your child in their own environment. 

Occupational Therapists

The Occupational Therapist will check the area of development known as ‘fine motor skills’. This is concerned with how we learn to handle and manipulate toys and other objects. They may also be involved in assessing children for appropriate equipment and aids.


Physiotherapy assesses children to establish any movement and posture difficulties. Children may be treated individually or in groups. Input involves advice and the recommendation of exercise and positioning programmes for families. Onward referral e.g. orthotics wheelchair services and other professionals can be made. Input may also involve the assessment and provision of equipment such as specialist seating walking aids or standing frames

Secretarial Team

The Secretarial team is responsible for the all the administrative duties concerned with children within the centre.  

Speech and Language Therapists

The Speech and Language Therapist looks at communication and language skills. Feeding and swallowing skills will be assessed if required.


Contact Us

There are 5 Child Development Centres (CDCs) within the city of Birmingham, managed by the Children and Families Division, within Inclusion Services.

Birmingham Community Children’s Centre
61 Bacchus Road, Winson Green, B18 4QY 

Allens Croft Child Development Centre
Allens Croft Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 6RP 

Park House Child and Family Centre
Park Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham, B11 4HB

Castle Vale Child Development Centre  
Tangmere Drive, Castle Vale, Birmingham B35 7QX

Heartlands Child Development Centre
Heartlands Hospital, Bordesley Green East, B9 5SS

Click here to download the PDF version of the Children and Families referral form for all services.

Click here to view an easy-to-read flowchart explaining your journey through our child development centres.