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Child development nursing team

The Child Development Nursing Team are skill mixed team and provide specialist support to children and young people aged 0-19 years who meet the criteria for referral to the Child Development Team (see referral criteria).

The Child Development Nursing Team supports the multi-disciplinary assessment, diagnostic and on-going management for children and young people who may have disability or developmental problems. They help develop and deliver care pathways for children with additional needs, offering advice, support, and assessment, working in partnership with the multi-disciplinary teams and partner agencies.

The Child Development Nursing Team also includes a Nursery Nurse who provides various play opportunities for children aged 0-5 years as part of the assessment and on-going support.

The Child Development Nursing Team works with children’s Therapists, Paediatricians, Health Visitors, School Nurses, Education, Social Services, and other agencies to provide a multi-disciplinary approach centred around the child or young person.

Referral criteria

Children must be aged between 0-19 years of age and have complex health care needs with impairment in at least two areas of development e.g.

  • Life limiting health conditions
  • Severe learning difficulties or profound multiple difficulties
  • Physical/sensory difficulties where assessment is required
  • Global developmental delay
  • Social and communication difficulties where assessment is required 
  • Diagnosed social and communication disorder

Referrals are received through the Children Single Point of Access. These referrals can come from any professional giving clear indication of what is required from the child development nursing team that universal services are unable to offer.

Patient information

Contact our service in Waltham Forest

Child Development Nursing Team
Wood Street Health Centre
6 Linford Road
E17 3LA

Tel: 0300 300 1574   

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm (excluding bank holidays)