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Health Visiting

We provide Health Visiting services; which includes information and support from the antenatal period through the first five years of your child’s life.  Supporting and providing information on a variety of health topics such as feeding your baby, healthy growth and development, emotional well-being and access to services.  We work with a variety of professionals to support the best outcomes for you and your family.

Health visitors

Our healthy family team will arrange to visit you at home to provide information and support on your antenatal care and the care of your baby and young children. In the first few months we will assess your baby’s growth and development providing information or referral to another professional for any issues that arise. Later we will assess your young child’s development and readiness for school.

The team also provides advice at our local baby clinics and are available by phone between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.

Child Health Clinics click here


Accessing the service 

You will be referred to the service at 20 weeks of pregnancy and your named Health Visitor will contact you to make an appointment to meet you at home at around 28 weeks. The Healthy Family Team will contact you after the birth to arrange a series of visits according to your needs and to provide you with information about the baby clinics. You can contact our duty health visitor by phone on our main number 0300 247 0040 or make contact with your named health visitor.

You will be given a Child Health Record known as the ‘Red Book’ shortly before or after your child’s birth. Please be sure to have your Red Book available when you have an appointment with the healthy family team or call us to rearrange.


When will I be seen?

The Healthy Family Team are there to help and support you and your family with any needs that are impacting upon your health and wellbeing.

The five contacts available to all families are:

  • An antenatal contact to meet with you (and your partner) after 28 weeks of pregnancy
  • A home visit to complete the new birth visit when your baby is between 10 and 14 days old
  • A contact when your baby is between 6 and 8 weeks of age
  • A review to assess your baby’s development before you baby is one (usually between 8 and 12 months)
  • A review contact when your child is 2- 2½ years

As well as these five contacts, you have access to additional home visits if required and a range of virtual information sessions – some are live and interactive and others pre-recorded.

Virtual Groups click here


What is MECSH?

The Maternal Early Childhood Sustained Home-visiting (MECSH) programme is a structured program of home visiting for families.

The MECSH home visiting programme provides professional support for you and your family as your baby grows and develops. It is available to families who meet the criteria. Your health visitor will talk to you about MECSH if you meet this criteria.

Please click here for further information.


Health review 2 years old and school ready

You will be invited to an appointment with a member of The Health Visiting Team to have a two-year review. ASQ (Ages and Stages) questionnaires will then be sent to you to complete prior to the appointment. This is a health review and is separate from an educational review.  Any concerns that you or the professional have can be identified early so that the appropriate referrals and early intervention can be offered.


Patient support 

It is important to stay healthy during pregnancy and as a new parent, eat a healthy diet, get enough sleep when you can safely and take exercise appropriate to your stage of pregnancy. Get trusted family and friends to support you when caring for your young baby and small children.

You will have a programme of support visits tailored to your needs and you will be invited to attend a local baby clinic when you wish. If you require advice you can call us for advice over the phone or if necessary to arrange a further visit.

Contact number: 0300 247 0040


Additional support 

Behaviour can be challenging for parents, as your child starts to explore and discover their world. A health visitor is able to provide extra support to you and your family if you have any concerns regarding your child’s development or behaviour. 

The community nursery nurses are qualified in supporting the families around challenging behaviour, toilet training; sleep problems, fussy eating etc.


Click here for more guidance and online support.

Click here to view our Childcare Provider leaflet for parents and carers

Click to view our Childcare Provider guide for parents and carers 

See our Support and Information section for more detailed support and evidence-based links.