healthychildprogramme

The Healthy Child Programme 4 Barnet offers an integrated Health Visiting and School Nursing service for children aged 0-19 and up to 25 years for young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities. 

Our Health Visiting Service

All children are automatically entitled to Health Visiting services. The service is for parents and carers of babies and children from birth until just before they start school.

The Health Visitor will make contact with pregnant women from 28 weeks gestation to assess their health and wellbeing needs and following the birth of the baby.

Our Health Visiting team includes Health Visitors, Staff Nurses, student Health Visitors, Health Visiting Assistants, Community Nursery Nurses, student nurses, Administrators and other health professionals.

What are Health Visitors?

Health Visitors are qualified nurses or midwives that have completed a specialist community public health degree. They lead on the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme for children 0-5 years old.

For more information, click on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/167998/Health_Child_Programme.pdf

The Health Visiting team includes Health Visitors, Staff Nurses, student Health Visitors, Health Visiting Assistants, Community Nursery Nurses, student nurses, administrators and other health professionals.

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Parents and carers will receive support to give their babies, children and young people the best possible start in life.

We will monitor your child’s physical and emotional health and development by undertaking health reviews. Health reviews are undertaken during the antenatal period, 10 to 14 days after birth and when your baby is 6 to 8 weeks old. Reviews are also undertaken when a child is 1 year old and 2 – 2 ½ years old. We will also advise on healthy eating, physical activity, emotional wellbeing and immunisations.

If you have concerns about feeding, sleeping, behaviour our health visiting team will advise and support you so that you become confident in looking after your child’s health and development.

Our service will also provide support and advice to children and young people as they grow and develop and transition into adulthood.

What does a Health Visitor do?

Our Health Visiting team will give confidential advice, and support to parents/carers and families with children under the age of 5. Parents and carers will receive support to give their babies, children and young people the best possible start in life. The Health Visiting team will also advise on healthy eating, physical activity, emotional wellbeing, and immunisations.

If you have concerns about feeding, sleeping, behaviour our Health Visiting team will advise and support you so that you become confident in looking after your child’s health and development.

What developmental checks will my baby have?

We will monitor your child’s physical and emotional health and development by undertaking health reviews. Health reviews are undertaken:

  • During the antenatal period from 28 weeks gestation
  • At 10 to 14 days after birth
  • When your baby is 6 to 8 weeks old
  • When your child is 9 months to 1 year old
  • When your child is 2 – 2 ½ years old.

The Health Visitor may see you at home, in a community setting such as a Children Centre, or may offer you a virtual contact.

Please explore the following sections for more information:

The Healthy Child Programme for children aged 0-5 years focuses on a universal service, providing families with a programme of screening, immunisation, health and development reviews, supplemented by advice around health, wellbeing and parenting.

For more information, click on the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/167998/Health_Child_Programme.pdf

The aims of the Healthy Child Programme 4 Barnet service:

  • to promote a strong attachment between parent/s and child, the result of which will be better social and emotional well-being in children
  • to ensure more children remain healthy and safe
  • to reduce obesity by promoting healthy eating
  • to increase breastfeeding
  • to aim for children to be ready for starting school
  • aim for early recognition of development delays, growth problems, ill-health and safety concerns

There are key times within your child’s development that we will arrange appointments to see you and/or your baby/child.

We may send you an ‘ages and stages’ questionnaire (ASQ3) to complete in preparation for the appointment to reflect on your child’s progress. This allows you the opportunity to bring any issues of concern to the appointment for discussion.

The questionnaire also includes lots of activity ideas to try with your child.

  • Antenatal appointment between 28 -38 weeks pregnancy (see information on whooping cough vaccinations in pregnancy).
  • Birth visit at home between 10-14 days.
  • Development review between 6-8 weeks.
  • Under 1 year development review between 32-52 weeks of age.
  • 2 year development review between 2 years and 2 years 6 months.

The Health Visiting team can also offer support in a variety of areas including:

  • breastfeeding
  • introducing solid foods/healthy eating
  • behaviour, sleep and toilet training
  • home safety and accident prevention
  • chlamydia screening for 15-25 year olds
  • support children who have long term health needs
  • depression

You can contact your Health Visitor to discuss any health problems that concern your children, yourself or any other family member.

Your child’s red book is usually given to you at the hospital when they are born. It is the main record of your child’s health and development which professionals should update when a child is seen in a health care setting. It contains lots of information about your child including, immunisations, routine reviews, your child’s firsts and growth charts.

The red book belongs to the NHS and you should take care of it and ensure it is available at all contacts with your baby/child when seeing a healthcare professional.

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