MCH is the provider of all NHS Community Child Health Services in Medway.

MCH+ is our traded service for schools to buy additional Occupational and Speech and Language Therapy for pupils that do not meet the NHS criteria.

We know that:-
  • Children who live in areas of social disadvantages are 50% more likely to have a language delay which impacts on their ability to learn.
  • Poor gross motor ability can lead to issues around concentration.
This is why……..

All areas of the brain are involved with learning and teachers help pupils access learning at a higher cognitive level.  To enable the brain to learn, the sensory motor and communication areas must be well developed and be able to work at a subconscious level.  Occupational therapists and Speech and Language Therapists work together with children to help develop functional skills to enable successful learning.

Our Occupational Therapists have enhanced skills in sensory and motor training, so they know how simple physical adjustments can make all the difference to a child’s success.

Our Speech and Language therapists are able to help with communication difficulties that impact on a child’s ability to fully achieve at school.

Did you know?

Reading requires language and good motor skills. For example, smooth eye movements require motor skills  to allow a flow of sequential information to the brain. Likewise the child is required to combine individual sounds to make the words using good motor skills.

Writing requires visual and motor skills to put pen to paper.

Mathematics and problem solving requires pupils to have a fully integrated central nervous system with good communication between the two sides of the brain.

Attention to a task requires pupils to filter out unnecessary information.   This requires an understanding of language and a well- developed sensory system to enable a child to focus.

School can directly commission MCH+

We offer full day therapy packages to schools and academies as well as one off assessments.

We will meet your team to design a bespoke package of your choice, specifically for your school and your pupils.

 For example, packages may include:-

  • classroom observations to help improve the learning experience of the child.
  • 1:1 assessments and interventions.
  • attendance at parents evening and access to parent education.
  • collaborative working with teachers to enable effective differentiation  to deliver lessons and IEP’s.
  • TA coaching and support
  • twilight training for school staff for example:-
    • help with handwriting
    • sensory motor
    • selective mutism
    • stammering
    • vocabulary
    • bilingualism
    • social communication
    • setting up a group
    • top tips workshop
    • supporting communication skills on the playground workshop
    • language and behaviour.

We don’t charge for added extras such as travel expenses, reports, programmes or making individual resources for pupils. 

Once a package is in place, your staff will be able to prioritise children catering to their needs with no lengthy waits for assessments.

Therapists will be available for  6 hours of contact time each day.

The benefits of employing MCH+ Staff
  • All of our specialist team are part of our regular NHS Workforce and therefore subject to strict checks including enhanced DBS. 
  • All our specialist team undertake on- going professional development and have access to full clinical supervision.
  • All of our clinicians are registered with the HCPC which is the regularity body for therapists.
  • All of our specialist team are covered by professional insurance and through indemnified MCH corporate cover.
  • MCH has a large cohort of staff readily available to cover sickness and maternity leave.
  • We undertake regular audit of our practice and follow NICE guidance.
  • We will work with schools towards joint awards and will undertake small scale research with inclusion staff.
  • We deliver all of our services as an outcome based model.  This ensures that we only see children who will benefit from on-going intervention.

For further information and costs, have a look at our leaflet >



Our specialist team can provide training for all schools, children’s centres and pre-schools throughout Kent and Medway. We offer expert advice regarding the development of children understanding how a delay in one area can impact upon the child’s ability to learn and to interact socially.    
All courses are specific to the age of the child and are grouped as pre-school, primary and secondary. Our course leaders have a wealth of professional experience and knowledge and all work within the NHS. Our courses are also great value starting at just 120GBP (per delegate) for a six hour session. This includes training material, refreshments throughout the day and free parking.

All training is provided in our purpose built training rooms which are fully equipped and allow space to undertake practical and group work.
Take a look at our training brochure below which shows all of the courses available. Download the brochure here >