Little Orchids Children’s Centre provides therapeutic intervention and support for children aged 2-4 years identified with additional needs and those who may require additional support. We are registered with the Western Health and Social Care Trust and are a member of Early Years, the organisation for young children. We are also a member of Children in Northern Ireland (CINI) and benefit from a range of high quality training and information to inform our work with children.

When a referral is received, our centre manager will reach out to the parent/carer of the child to answer any questions and discuss next steps.
Referrals are usually made by professionals involved with the child, but parents & carers can also self refer.

We run 2 sessions per day and have a high adult child ratio. Observations are used to assess each child’s individual needs, strengths, interests and abilities and to plan experiences that will encourage further learning. Throughout the daily routine we promote each child’s social skills, communication skills, self help skills, play skills and independence. We liaise closely with Health and Education Professionals involved with each child to share information to achieve common goals for the benefit of the child.

We cater for children who have a wide variety of specific needs such as:

Staff at Little Orchids use Alternative and Augmentive Communication to help the children with communication difficulties to make the most of their available senses and experiences. Methods of Alternative and Augmentive Communication include symbols, communication boards, makaton and facial expressions to convey emotions. Staff monitor the effectiveness of the methods for the individual children.

All staff are highly experienced and committed to on-going training to provide the best outcomes for children and their families. Training is identified for staff specific to the needs of children and some of the training staff have undertaken include: