The Child Development Team (CDT) in Ealing assesses and cares for children with developmental difficulties. To qualify for help from the team your child must:

  • Be aged between 0 and 19
  • Have an Ealing GP

Live in Ealing or within one mile of the borough.

The team consists of:

  • Paediatricians - doctors who specialise in the care of children
  • Therapists
  • Dietitians
  • Specialist health visitors.

We’re based at Carmelita House and are a part of the Ealing Services for Children with Additional Needs (ESCAN).

We provide care in a range of settings across Ealing to meet children’s needs. These include:

  • Clinics
  • Children centres
  • Special and mainstream schools
  • The child’s own home.

We care for children who have various kinds of developmental difficulties, such as:

  • Abnormal neurological signs, for example, weakness on one side
  • Behavioural issues under the age of 6 years
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Complex disabilities including chromosomal syndromes
  • Concerns regarding development in 2 or more domains
  • Coordination difficulties in keeping with developmental co-ordination disorder, also known as dyspraxia
  • Down's syndrome
  • Global developmental delay
  • Significant risk factors for developmental delay, for example, children who are born prematurely (at least 3 weeks before the date they were due)
  • Social communication difficulties, (usually for children aged between 3 and 6 years)
  • Social communication disorders including autism spectrum disorder.

We help assess and care for your child in a number of ways, such as:

  • Autism assessments: although these are usually for children up to the age of 6, this may be extended to the child's 19th birthday if they have moderate or severe generalised learning difficulties
  • Educational medicals for the statutory assessment process
  • Epilepsy reviews for children with developmental delay
  • Paediatric assessments according to specific diagnoses (for example, for children with complex needs and Down’s syndrome).

Our specialist health visitors offer a sleep counselling service.


We also offer a range of therapies:

  • Speech and language therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational therapy
  • Dietetic support, which helps with diet and nutrition. 

These services may also see children outside the CDT, if appropriate.

The Child Development Team (CDT) accepts referrals from any professional.

If your child is in an educational setting, such as pre-school or school:

Ask them to carry out an Early Help Assessment Plan (EHAP) and refer to the CDT based on the outcome, schools shouldn’t try to refer via your GP.

If your child is not in a school (or other educational setting):

Contact your health visitor and ask for an EHAP to be completed by the Early Years’ Service.

Next steps

Even if the CDT isn’t the right service, we’ll respond to signpost you or give you advice. 

Share your concerns

 If you’re concerned about your child's development, speak to your:

  • Health visitor
  • Children’s centre
  • School
  • GP