Clinical Service

Children’s Speech and Language Walk-In Service (Talking Walk-ins)

Play-based drop-in sessions for anyone concerned about their pre-school child’s speech, language or communication skills.

Contact us

The sessions are held at children’s centres and are for people living in the Ashford, Dover, or Folkestone and Hythe districts. Contact your local children’s centre to find out when your nearest session takes place.

Please note - If our speech and language therapy service is currently working with you and your child, please do not attend a Talking Walk-in. You can discuss questions and queries with the speech and language therapist who is working with you.

What we do

Talking Walk-ins give you advice or ideas to try at home to help you with your child’s speech, language or communication skills.

We may signpost you to other support or invite you to a follow-up appointment with the speech and language therapy service.

About your appointment

Talking Walk-ins are play-based, so you and your child will be able to play with different toys and equipment while staff observe. You will be able to discuss your concerns with staff, who will give you advice or ideas to try at home.

Where and when do we provide this service?

Talking Walk-ins are held at the following Children’s Centres:

Ashford district

The Willow Children’s Centre

  • Address: Brookfield Road, Ashford, TN23 4EY

  • Telephone: 03000 418800

  • Sessions: first Thursday of every month, 9.30-11am.

Bluebells Children’s Centre

  • Address: School Road, Hothfield, TN26 1HA

  • Telephone: 03000 418300

  • Sessions: second Tuesday of every month, 1-2.30pm.

Waterside Children’s Centre

  • Address: Turner Close, Ashford

  • Telephone: 03000 418700

  • Sessions: third Wednesday of every month, 1-2.30pm.

Sure Steps Children’s Centre

  • Address: Belmont Road, Kennington, TN24 9LS

  • Telephone: 03000 418600

  • Sessions: fourth Monday of every month, 9.30-11am.

Little Explorers Children’s Centre

  • Address: Recreation Ground Road, Tenterden, TN30 6RA,

  • Telephone: 03000 418400

  • Sessions: fifth Wednesday of every month (when it occurs) 1-2.30pm.

Dover district (from 1 November 2023)

Buckland and Whitfield Children’s Centre

  • St Nicholas Church, The Linces, Dover, CT16 2BN

  • Telephone: 03000 414941

  • Sessions: first Wednesday of every month, 9.15-11.45am.

Blossom Children’s Centre

  • Address: The Downs Primary School, Downs Road, Walmer, CT14 7TL

  • Telephone: 03000 411555

  • Sessions: second Wednesday of every month, 9.15-11.45am.

Samphire Children’s Centre

  • Address: Aycliffe Primary School, St David’s Avenue, Aycliffe, CT17 9HJ

  • Telephone: 03000 420882

  • Sessions: third Wednesday of every month, 9.15-11.45am

Sunflower Children’s Centre

  • Address: Eythorne and Elvington Primary School, Adelaide Road, Dover, CT15 4AN

  • Telephone: 03000 415858

  • Sessions: fourth Wednesday of every month, 9.15-11.45am.

Folkestone and Hythe district

Caterpillars Children’s Centre

  • Address: Chart Road, Folkestone, CT19 4PN

  • Telephone: 03000 421167

  • Sessions: first Tuesday of every month, 9.30-11.45am.

Folkestone Early Years Children’s Centre

  • Address: Dover Road, Folkestone, CT20 1QF

  • Telephone: 03000 421167

  • Sessions: second Wednesday of every month, 9.30-11.45am

The Village Children’s Centre

  • Address: Denmark Street, Folkestone, CT19 6EQ

  • Telephone: 03000 421167

  • Sessions: third Monday of every month, 9.30-11.45am.

New Romney Children’s Centre

  • Address: Craythorne Lane, New Romney, TN28 8BL

  • Telephone: 03000 421167

  • Sessions: fourth Wednesday of every month, 9.30-11.45am.

How do you use this service?

You do not need a referral or an appointment to access Talking Walk-ins – just drop in to your local children’s centre during a session and you will be able to talk to the team.

Sessions run throughout the year, including school holidays, but not Bank Holidays or between Christmas and New Year. Please call your local children’s centre to confirm the time and day of each session or check their Facebook pages.