What we do

The Child Development Centre (CDC) service assesses and treats pre school children who have identified health needs. These can include children who have difficulties communicating and interacting with others, or a delay to their development in two or more areas. We also provide assessments where there is likely to be an underlying diagnosis such as Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

0-10 ASD parent/child information form

0-10 ASD professionals referral form


To use these form you must have the adobe reader program in order to fill in and send. (Please note: you must download this form to your computer and then complete the saved version) This form will not work if opened in the web browser!


  • Download the form to your device
  • Open the Form in Adobe Reader
  • Complete all Fields before submitting
  • Send the form via the email button


If you wish to discuss a child prior to making a referral, please contact the ELHT 0-10 ASD pathway team on 01282 804393. Email completed forms to 0-10asdpathway@elht.nhs.uk


We provide early identification and coordination of intervention for neonatal (premature) babies with a predicted delay to two areas or more of their development which can be offered on the neonatal unit and continue on discharge.

Our main aim is to ensure the best health outcomes for each child and provide developmental management for children requiring therapeutic interventions. We work together with the parent or guardian so that they feel fully in control.

We work alongside Community Paediatricians; other provider services such as Children’s Psychology Services and Children’s Integrated Therapy and Nursing Service; education providers such as the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities team (SEND) and Portage services provided by Lancashire County Council and other services for preschool children.

Some of the extended services we currently provide are sleep clinics for practical advice and guidance around sleep difficulties, Incredible Years (co-run with Paediatric Learning Disability Team, LSCFT) and Early Bird.

The service offers families the opportunity to meet with other professionals and other parents in a child friendly environment at either of our two CDC’s, Holly House and Rainbow dependant on their assigned catchment area.

CDC staff will arrange to visit your child in the home and in the nursery provision (if applicable) as part of the assessment process. Any centre based activity allows observation of your child away from their home environment.

Home visits are made by the specialist health visitors who act as a first contact for families. They will explain what will happen throughout the assessment process, answer any questions and explore any highlighted additional needs. This is in addition to the mainstream health visiting service to ensure coordination and contact with our services are seamless.

How to access the service

Currently the service is delivered to preschool children and will include those who have had deferred entry to school. We take referrals of children living within Burnley, Pendle, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley and Rossendale.

Referrals to the service are received from the Community Consultant Paediatrician, Neonatology Consultant or Physiotherapy. If you think your child may need our service, please discuss this with any of the professionals mentioned who will be able to advise you and make a referral if appropriate.

All referrals to our service are reviewed by the CDC team prior to acceptance to ensure we are the best service to help your child. If we think another service is more suitable, we will tell your referrer and give advice.

For the majority of children accessing our service, care is provided in conjunction with other agencies and NHS trusts. Children should receive appropriate, high quality care that is integrated and coordinated around their health needs whilst taking into account any additional factors. We strive to try and achieve this where possible.

Where to find us

Our service is currently provided from our two CDC’s (click on headings to see information leaflets):


Holly House CDC

Located within the Acorn Primary Health Care Centre,

421 Blackburn Rd, Accrington BB5 1RT.

We have our own designated entrance located to the left of the main entrance.

Patients attending from Hyndburn, Ribble Valley and Rossendale locations.


Rainbow CDC

Located within the Rainbow Centre,

Area 7, Floor 1 at Burnley General Teaching Hospital, Casterton Avenue, Burnley BB10 2PQ.

Patients attending from Burnley and Pendle locations.

Service Lead

Nicola McCumskay
01282 804017

Key staff

Consultant Paediatricians for Holly House CDC
Dr Reilly and Dr Malakar

Consultant Paediatricians for Rainbow CDC
Dr Williams and Dr Stuart-Booth

Specialist Health Visitors
Julie Greenwood, Geri Arkwright, Deborah Kay and Shirley Greenwood-Dawson

Neonatal link Specialist Health Visitor
Deborah Kay

General enquiries

Rainbow CDC: 01282 803646



Holly House CDC: 01254 736232


Opening times

We offer a Monday to Friday service between the hours of 8am - 4pm. We are closed during bank holiday and the Christmas period.


Some parts of our assessment processes and therapy sessions are held on set days due to the availability of multi disciplinary professionals and to ensure we are able to meet our ever growing service need. Where we can flexible we will endeavour to do so however please be mindful of this if we can not accommodate an alternative day and time. 

Additional information

Involvement from the parent or guardian is considered to be fundamental to child development. Therefore there is an expectation for you to attend the centre with your child for the duration required. This applies to the majority of our services offered.

Our aim is to empower you with strategies and advice to enable your child to reach their full potential. It is an opportunity for you to meet other parents in a relaxed environment.

Attendance at these sessions is important, if you cannot attend for any reason please can you contact us prior to your session. Please ensure you arrive on time to the sessions to keep disruption to your child and other children in the group to a minimum.

We are always looking at ways to improve the quality of care we provide and we want you and your family to let us know how we can be even better. Please tell us what you think about our service, we would like to know if we do not meet the standards we have set but also if you were happy with your experience within our service.

Other key agencies

LCFT Children’s Integrated Therapy and Nursing Service (CITNS) https://www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/citns-complex-needs  

LCFT Paediatric Learning Disability Team (PLDT) https://www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/Learning-Disability-Complex-Needs  

LCFT Children’s Psychology Services  https://www.lancashirecare.nhs.uk/CPS-East

ELHT Community Neurodevelopmental Paediatrics

Community Genetics Team – Blackburn with Darwen, East Lancashire and Oldham – Advice and support for families with genetic conditions