The Early Years Team is made up of two smaller teams; the clinic team and the Child Development Centre (CDC).

This team provides a service to mainly children before they start school (pre-school) who live in Hillingdon or who are registered with a GP in Hillingdon.

This team provides a service to pre-school children who may:

  • Be late to talk
  • Have speech that is difficult to understand
  • Have difficulty in putting words together and talking in sentences
  • Be reluctant to talk or who are silent outside of home
  • Have difficulty in understanding what is said to them
  • Have a stammer
  • Have difficulty with understanding social situations, making friends or changes in routine
  • Have difficulty eating and drinking safely.

We also provide a service to:

  • Children in a mainstream school reception class with speech sound difficulties
  • Mainstream school infant-age children with a stammer
  • Mainstream school infant-age children who have voice problems
  • Older children and young people who have difficulty eating and drinking safely
  • Children and young people who have had an acquired brain injury. For example tumour, stroke and head injury.

This service isn’t for children with a permanent sensori neural severe to profound hearing loss who are being assessed for cochlear implant, wear a cochlear implant or radio aids and have speech, language and communication needs. Read more about our Hearing Impairment Speech and Language Team who provide speech and language therapy to these children.

We are unable to accept referrals for children and young people with an Ealing GP – unless they have a Hillingdon Health and Care Plan. If you are unsure if you have an Ealing GP, you can call your surgery and check.

Within the Early Years Service, there are two teams:

  • The Clinic Speech and Language Therapy Team
  • The Child Development Centre (CDC) Speech and Language Therapy Team

Who do we work with?

Our clinic team sees mainly pre-school-age children with speech, language and communication needs working closely with parents and carers. We also see some older children in full time education whose needs are best met within a clinic setting. If you are unsure whether to refer to this team you can contact us at our CITS advice line on 01895 488200 or email and we can advise you.

Where do we work?

We work in local health clinics and children’s centres to provide therapy sessions across the borough of Hillingdon.

Who do we work with

The CDC Team provides a speech and language therapy service to mainly pre-school children who have a communication difficulty as part of their complex need.

The team also provides advice and support for children and young people in full time education with motor eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties and children and young people with acquired brain injury. We work in partnership with all professionals that might be involved in the child’s care.

This could include:

  • Occupational therapists
  • Physiotherapists
  • Paediatricians
  • Portage
  • Education staff.

Where do we work?

The team is based in the CDC which is located at our site at Hillingdon Hospital, Woodlands Centre. Children may also occasionally be seen in other places if required  such as at nursery or in hospital.

Using interpreters

An interpreter can be provided to help in appointments or over the telephone. There is no cost to for this service . Please let your speech and language therapist know if you would like us to arrange this for you by calling the CITS advice line on 01895 488200 or email

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