Getting help from the Peterborough Child Development Centre


If you and your child have been referred to the Child Development Centre (CDC) this will be because another professional (such as your GP, paediatrician, consultant, health visitor, therapist, Early Years Service or social worker) feels that our specialist assessment of your child is going to be helpful to find out their strengths and sometimes weaknesses, and where possible a diagnosis for their difficulties.


When we write to you about your appointment we will send you information to help you and your child prepare for your visit. We will also give you contact information in case you have any questions before we meet.

Who are we?

We are a team of specialist paediatric health and social care professionals. When you come to the centre you might see one or more of the following people:

  • Specialist paediatrician
  • Physiotherapist
  • Occupational therapist
  • Speech and language therapist
  • Psychologist
  • Dietitian
  • Pre-school learning support teachers

What do we do?

  • We assess children who have significant development difficulties 
  • We will explain to you the difficulties and strengths we see in your child and use this information to agree a specially designed therapy programme for them
  • We will work with you individually or in groups, give you information and support and help you to plan for your child's future
  • We have close links with many other professionals who work with children, including the hearing and vision team, children's social care and portage which means we can all work together to find the best care and support for you and your child. 

What to expect?

When you come to the centre we will ask you about your child's early history. It is helpful for us to have as much information as possible. It is often necessary for your child to have a detailed assessment of their developmental progress. Once we understand and agree what we need to do, we will ask other members of our team to be involved as appropriate.

What will happen?

If your child needs to be assessed by the whole team (this is called a multi-disciplinary assessment) we will try to agree a week with you when these appointments will take place.

  • Each appointment will last about an hour and you will need to come up to four times in that week.
  • Where possible, two members of the team will see your child at the same time.
  • One or more members of the team may ask to visit you at home or at pre-school, such as a nursery.

At the end of this week you will be invited to meet all the team members and discuss the results of the assessments. If possible we would like both parents to attend, or you can bring someone along to support you.

At the meeting you will be able to let us know what you think and ask questions. We will plan together how best to help your child and organise any follow-up programmes.

You will also receive a full report of the meeting and each assessment.

Where are we?

The Child Development Centre is at the City Care Centre, Thorpe Road, Peterborough PE3 6DB. 

Contact us

  • Team Manager and Lead Clinician: Dr Janet Clarke, Consultant Community Paediatrician
  • For enquiries: 01733 777937

More information about the Child Development Centre

Some families have found the websites below helpful.

Clinics are held at the City Care Centre, Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3 6DB. 

Medical clinics are held on Monday and Tuesday mornings. Therapy programmes take place at the City Care Centre, in families' own homes or in pre-school settings as appropriate.

The City Care Centre has a large pay-and-display car park. (First 30 minutes free, £2 for 2.5 hours.)

We can refund transport costs for families who receive Family Income Support or Working Families Tax Credit. Interpreters are available if needed.

City Care Centre, Peterborough

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Further information

The page was last updated on 17 June 2014 by andrea.bateman.

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

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