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.

Who do we work with?

Our Early Years 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.

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
  • Nursery 
  • Education staff. 

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 a range of settings including local health clinics and children’s centres, as well as the Child Development Centre (CDC) located ay Hillingdon Hospital. Children may also occasionally be seen in other places if required such as 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

Parent training/workshops:

  • Dysfluency /stammering
  • L1  - Language skills - level 1
  • L2  -Language skills - level 2
  • L3 -Language skills - level 3
  • SC1 – Social Communication skills – level 1
  • SC2 – Social Communication skills – level 2
  • SC3 – Social Communication skills – level 3
  • Speech sounds and how you can help

Setting training

Nurseries and settings are welcome to attend the parent training workshops run by the Early Years service and can contact the CITS Admin line to book onto a session.

The Early Years Speech and Language Therapy team are also offering training as part of the Children’s Integrated Therapy Service (CITS) online training where there are sessions offered by all of the therapy services. Dates for this training are published in the SEND newsletter and flyers are sent out to school SENCO’s.

Nurseries and setting are also able to access training offered by the Local Authorities SEND Advisory Service to support children and young people with speech, language and communication needs and can find links to their training directory in the SEND newsletter.

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