About Us


Our Story

The story of Kids First started in 2009 when our Director resigned from her full time job as a Speech and Language Therapist in a school to set up an independent practice. Amanda’s passion has always been linking spoken and written language and supporting all children to achieve their full potential.


Kids always at the centre of our intervention.


Informal, relaxed setting.


Dynamic, experienced team of professionals.


Supportive environment.


Friendly, Fun and functional sessions.


Interactive and inclusive.


Research based programs designed specifically for our company.


School links and sharing of information.


Tailored therapy to your child and family’s need’s.

Words First

Amanda wanted to reach as many children as possible and set up Words First Ltd as a Company to support schools in London. This Company has grown to be one of the largest independent Speech and Language Therapy Practices in the UK employing 38 Speech and Language Therapists and 2 Occupational Therapists! Words First is commissioned directly by schools but over the years, Amanda received many calls from parents asking for support for their child. Eventually, she could no longer ignore the calls for support and decided to convert her house into a centre for families.

A Safe Haven

Kids First was born in 2017 when her house became available to either rent out or convert. So, she did the latter and with the help of Emma Ryall, created the safe haven that is Kids First today.

Through Kids First, we support hundreds of families who are concerned about their child’s speech, language, literacy or communication skills. In January 2022, we will be expanding our services to provide Occupational Therapy in our specially designed Sensory Integration space.

A Home Away From Home

Amanda’s hope is that Kids First becomes your ‘home away from home’, the place you will be accepted, not judged or made to feel different. At Kids First you will find happiness, you will be welcomed and loved for who you are and you can rest assured that our dedicated team will be there for you every step of the way towards achieving your child’s goals.

Our Values

At Kids First you and your child will be welcomed and accepted regardless of your background, age, challenges, religion, race, or gender. Our therapists are here to listen and not to judge.

We will treat you with the professionalism you deserve, from the moment we answer your call to the moment we discharge you from our service.

We believe that, with your permission, a collaborative approach is best for children. This means we will include you in our therapy sessions, we will liaise with teachers and other relevant professionals (with your permission) and will keep everyone in the loop.

We want therapy to be enjoyable and we want your child to look forward to his/her sessions.

Meet The Team

Our Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists are all HCPC UK registered, members of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapy/Occupational Therapy and have additional training in literacy. Our therapists split their time between working at Kids First and working under the Words First umbrella in schools.

Our team of professionals have enhanced DBS checks, complete regular safeguarding training and adhere to the policies and procedures set out by Words First Ltd.

All professionals have a specific area of clinical interest, specialised training and experience in particular areas of Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Therefore, you will be allocated a therapist that suits your child’s needs. Our Practice Administrator will discuss what is best for you.

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Say hello to your therapist…




Speech & Language Therapy Assistant


Speech & Language Therapist


Specialist Speech & Language Therapist
/ Dyslexia Specialist


Practice Administrator


Specialist Speech and Language Therapist


Specialist Speech and Language Therapist


Specialist Speech and Language Therapist


SaLT and ASD/ADHD Consultant


SENCo & Literacy and Dyslexia Specialist


Occupational Therapist

Dr Helen Read

Consultant Psychiatrist in ASD & ADHD


Specialist Speech and Language Therapist


Specialist Speech and Language Therapist


The Kids First Centre Dog

Words First

Words First Ltd is the main company under which Kids First operates. Words First Ltd is a company that provides Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy services directly to schools in London and throughout the UK. As one of the largest independent practices in the UK, Words First Ltd currenlty employs 38 Speech and Language Therapists and 2 Occupational Therapists to provide an interdisciplinary service to schools. Please visit the Words First website here.

Words First specialises in an integrated approach to language, literacy and communicaiton skills in primary, secondary and special needs schools. Therefore, your Kids First therapist will also have training in linking the strands of spoken and written language.

If you would like to know more about Words First, please visit our main website:

Our Home

We want Kids First to feel like a home – as that is exactly what it is! Kids First is a converted 3 bedroom house with a full kitchen and large garden that backs onto forest. We have converted the downstairs rooms into two therapy rooms and will soon be converting the living and dining areas into a full Sensory Integration room.

You can make yourself at home at Kids First and although we do love you to join our sessions, you can make a cup of tea and take the weight off for a few minutes. On lovely Summer days, we will be taking therapy outside to explore the different sounds, sensations, smells, feelings that the amazing garden offers. Your child might even make mud cakes with your therapist!

Our fully functioning kitchen is an exciting place for older children to practice their life skills during Occupational Therapy. You can make sandwiches with your OT (while also discussing the vocabulary and language involved) or practise making your mum a cup of tea!