Information for families in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole

Child Development Centre (CDC)

Our service offers a multi-professional approach to the assessment and treatment of pre-school children with a variety of developmental needs within Poole, Bournemouth and parts of Dorset.  We aim to offer a family focused service that provides a safe and child friendly environment.  We work with parents to plan and deliver care, which will enable their children to fulfil their potential.

The team at the Child Development Centre will:-

  • Provide a safe, child friendly environment in which they will undertake expert team assessments and therapy for children whose needs cannot be met in the community.
  • Work with parents to plan and deliver therapeutic intervention which will enable their children to fulfil their potential
  • Acknowledge families' individual circumstances, share and provide relevant information and allow informed choice.
  • Ensure that children are treated with tact and understanding and that their dignity and privacy is respected at all times, with every possible steps taken to minimise emotional and physical distress.
  • Work in partnership with other agencies so that children have equal access to opportunities and experiences in their community

We also host school aged clinics for children with possible neurodevelopmental conditions.  

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Venue/Contact Details
Child Development Centre - CDC
Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Longfleet Road
BH15 2JB
Area coverage
Pan Dorset
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  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Pushchair and Pram Accessible
  • Disabled Car Parking
  • Car Parking
Times and Costs
Opening times:
Please phone us for up to date opening information.
Further opening details:
  • Afternoon
  • Morning
  • All Year Round
This Service is Free
Ages, Booking Details and Referral Information
From 0 years to 5 years
Eligibility criteria:
Pre-school children and babies with significant developmental delay and disabilities.
Booking Information:
Contact via the telephone
Referral process:
  • Referrals are only accepted by letter from a doctor, community paediatrician, GP or Hospital. All referrals are discussed by the team and some are passed on to the local Community Paediatrician for initial assessment CONTACT NAMES: Dr Del Howard and Dr Sarah Morris
Religious and Additional Needs Provision
Additional needs supported:
  • Emotional needs
  • Visual impairment
  • Motor Impairment
  • Toileting Hygiene
  • Speech, Language & Communication Needs
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Behaviour, Emotional & Social Difficulty
  • Multi-Sensory Impairment
  • Eating and Drinking
  • Physical Disability
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