Health Visitors are qualified nurses with specialist training in the development and health of young children.
Our extended service provides support for primary school children with complex health or social needs alongside more traditional support for pre-school children and babies.
Each child aged 0-5 years and their family has a named health visitor who can help and support parents through early years, undertaking home visits and drop in child health clinics. We work closely with parents, early year’s teams, children’s centres, hospital services, social care and many others providing advocacy and support when problems arise.
Antenatal contact: during your pregnancy when you will receive your RED BOOK & be able to discuss your expectations of becoming a parents as well as other key health topics
New birth visit: a home visit between 10-14 days following the birth of your baby, to review general physical & emotional wellbeing
Follow-up visit: when your baby is 6-8 weeks old to review general health and discuss any issues
7-12 month contact: to assess and discuss your child's health and development; including hearing, vision, dental health & safety, free dental pack included.
2-2.5 year integrated contact: to assess and discuss your child's health and development; including language, behaviour, sleep & toilet training. This will be done in conjunction with your nursery. You will receive a free dental pack
3-4 year contact: where you have concerns or your child needs a review. You may be contacted through your child’s nursery.
We will give you an ages & stages questionnaire to complete. This can help identify your child's strengths as well as where your child may need support, in important areas such as communication, physical activity, social and problem solving skills.
We can offer advice on everyday childhood issues such as:
- Diet and Nutrition and weaning
- Safe Sleeping Practices
- Potty/Toilet training
- Immunisation Programme
- Breast Feeding Support
- General Health and Wellbeing
- Attachment and Bonding
We can help with complex issues such as:
- Any special/additional needs of your child
- Postnatal depression/maternal mental health issues
- Feeling depressed after birth
- Substance Misuse
- Domestic abuse
- Family Services
In addition to this you can see us at your local Child Health Clinics