West Ham Lane Health Centre
84 West Ham Lane,
Stratford, London  E15 4PT


020 8586 6380

Early Years Speech & Language Therapy

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently not seeing families face-to-face. We are trialling new ways of working, including teletherapy (using phone and/or video) and sharing online resources to meet the needs of our families. We are still accepting referrals. If your child has already been referred, we will contact you in due course. Once we have received information from the Government and WHO that services can resume, we will be in touch to offer a face-to-face appointment, if you still require one. Thank you for your patience

Who we are

The Early Years Speech and Language Therapy service helps children from 0-5 years old who may need some extra support in communicating their needs or being understood. We often work with parents, carers, nursery and school staff so that they can provide support and activities to help these children in all their environments.  The Early Years Speech and Language Therapy team is staffed by qualified Speech and Language Therapists who are supported by Speech and Language Therapy assistants, a Bilingual co-worker and Patient Pathway Coordinators.

What we do?

Once we have received your referral and your child is accepted in to the service, we will contact you so that your child can be seen for an assessment (see ‘What to expect at your first appointment’).  Following their assessment we may offer some individual or group therapy, a review appointment or your child’s case may be closed with a programme and / or advice.

Who do we see?

We see children who may present with any of the following conditions: difficulties with feeding and swallowing, complex needs (e.g. cerebral palsy, Down ’s Syndrome, epilepsy),  language delay / disorder, developmental language disorder, speech sound difficulties, stammering, autism, hearing impairment and voice disorders.  We may see children in clinic, in their homes, at nurseries / schools and children’s centres depending on the needs of the child and family.  Some children may be seen up until 7 or 11 years old depending on their needs.  Children need to be registered with a Newham GP to access the Early Years Speech and Language Therapy service.


Referrals for Early Years Speech and Language Therapy are accepted from parents / carers, GPs, nurseries / schools and other healthcare professionals.  We have a standard referral form which will provide us with the information we need to decide how it is best to help the child.  These referrals can be posted or emailed directly to our service.

You can phone us on 020 8586 6380 or email

Please return your completed form and any relevant reports to:

Intake Team
West Ham Lane Health Centre
84 West Ham Lane
E15 4PT

Once we have received your referral and your child is accepted in to the service, we will send you a letter asking you to contact the department so that we can arrange an appointment for you over the phone.  Once we have arranged the appointment with you, you will be sent a confirmation letter or a text.  If you need to bring anything to the appointment, this will be outlined on your letter.  

At the assessment session, we will spend some time asking you about your child’s development and then ask you about your concerns.  We will either observe your child playing, play with them ourselves or ask you to play with them.  This is to enable your child to feel as relaxed as possible through play so that we can assess their play, understanding and talking.  Sometimes we may assess your child using a more formal assessment depending on their age.  The Speech and Language Therapist will then advise you on ways you can help your child at home and discuss the next steps.  A report will be written and sent to you as well as to any other professionals involved in your child’s care.

If they are coming for a feeding assessment, we will spend time asking about your child’s eating and drinking history, their medical history, and find out what they are currently having difficulty with. We will observe them eating and drinking. You will be required to bring food and drink for your child. This may include things they regularly eat or drink but also things they have difficulty with. We ask that families bring from home all the utensils, food, drink, and seat if specified by your Speech and Language Therapist so that we can attempt to recreate a natural setting for your child.

The Speech and Language Therapist will advise on strategies to use at home and may make modifications to the utensils, bottle, food and/or drink to help your child. A report will be written and sent to you as well as to any other professionals involved in your child’s care.

We are based at West Ham Lane Health Centre, Shrewsbury Road Health Centre, Appleby Health Centre and Joyce Campbell.

We may also see children at home and at nursery / school depending on the needs of the child and their family.

84 West Ham Lane, London E15 4PT

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Meet the team?

Sometimes we have students who are on placement with us and we will always ask families whether they agree for the student to attend their session.


  • NHS Choices
  • The Communication Trust  - offers advice, strategies and resources for parents
  • Talking Point - offers advice and strategies 
  • British Stammering Association
  • Michael Palin Centre for Stammering 
  • National Autistic Society
  • National Deaf Children’s Society
  • Hungry Little Minds - offers general advice videos
  • Action for Children - children's charity that supports and speaks out for the UK's most vulnerable children and young people
  • Contact a family - provides support, advice and information for families with disabled children, no matter what their condition or disability.
  • The Literacy Trust - independent charity that transforms lives through literacy
  • I CAN - works to support the development of speech, language and communication skills in all children with a special focus on those who find this hard: children with speech, language and communication needs.
  • Down’s syndrome association:
  • Scope: The disability equality charity: 
  • Caroline Walker Trust: - eating well in the first year of life
  • ‘Amazing Things Happen’ – a short film explaining what the world looks like for a child with autism
  • ‘DLD 123’ – a short film explaining about Developmental Language Disorder
  • ‘Wait wait I’m not finished yet’ - a film about children who stammer and how they feel
  • ‘Through the eyes of a child’ - how it feels as a young child to be spoken to by parents