Health and development contacts

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The Healthy Child Programme (HCP) offers every family a programme of:

  • screening tests
  • immunisations
  • developmental reviews
  • information and guidance to support parenting and healthy choices

We offer the following reviews and checks as well as other advice and support.

What to expect

Families will be offered an antenatal contact according to the information provided by your midwife; therefore not everyone will receive a contact from us at this time.  All families will receive a letter from us introducing you to the health visiting service.  You can find lots of information and resources below.

We will contact you around 28 weeks gestation, following notification from your midwife and offer an appointment to see you and your partner. This could be a telephone call, virtual appointment or home visit.

Pregnancy, birth and beyond is a significant time and can be challenging. We are privileged to be able to support you and your family at this time and provide you with information to help make informed and positive choices for you, your child and family.

We will ask how you feel about being a parent, let you know about our service and others that can support you. We will talk you through key health information and ask about you and your families' health and wellbeing. This will help us to tailor our service to support you and your baby.

You will be given a Personal Child Health Record (known as the 'Red Book') which is where we and other services such as your GP, midwife and practice nurse will record health reviews, measurements, and immunisations.  It will also include contact information, as well as sections that you can complete.

It is important that you register your baby with a GP practice after the birth so that you receive appointments for checks and immunisation appointments.

Some of the topics we may discuss with you include:

For additional information see information and resources infant feeding section.

We help to deliver your local bump to baby antenatal programme.  We also offer the free Solihull online parenting programme, which includes understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby.

What to expect

We will contact you to make an appointment to see you and your new baby at home for the new birth visit, when your baby is between 11 and 14 days old.  This is around the time when the care of you and your baby will transition from your midwife to your Health Visitor. The appointment lasts about an hour and is an opportunity to discuss any queries you have and your experiences as a parent so far.

We provide you with support and help if you have any worries, or if there are any feeding, growth or physical concerns.  We offer advice and information about being a parent and your child’s health, development and wellbeing.

We routinely ask about your emotional wellbeing and anything that may be affecting this.  At the visit we will complete your baby's hearing screen, observe your baby and may also weigh and measure your baby.  We will agree with you when to see you again.

We also offer baby drop in clinics and / or virtual appointments and telephone support. You may feel emotional after having your baby which might include anxiety and feeling low.

If you feel you need additional emotional advice or support please contact our advice line or come along to one of our child health drop-ins.

It is important you register your baby with a GP practice after the birth so that your baby will have a GP baby check and immunisation appointments sent to you

Areas we may discuss with you

For additional information see information and resources in the infant feeding section.

We also offer the free Solihull online parenting programme.

What to expect

You and your baby will usually be invited for a physical examination at this time, and this is completed by your GP.

You will also be offered an appointment with your Health Visitor for a6-8 week review. This contact is important for answering any queries or concerns, assessing your baby’s growth, development and wellbeing and to see how and your partner are feeling.

If you have any queries concerning your child’s progress before or after the review, please contact us on our advice line or come along to one of our child health drop-ins where we would be happy to discuss any aspect of health and well-being for you and your family. You may feel emotional after having your baby which might include anxiety and feeling low.

If you feel you need additional emotional advice or support please contact our advice line or come along to one of our child health drop-ins.

Local sessions are available on weaning at ready, steady, eat: an introduction to solid food

The health visitor may also discuss the following at the review:

For additional information see information and resources in the infant feeding section.

We also offer the free Solihull online parenting programme.

What to expect

The 9-12 month review may be completed by your Health Visitor or by one of our experienced Family Health Workers.

It provides you with an opportunity to ask questions or discuss any concerns you may have. We will review your child’s health and development, discuss topics like safety, immunisations, nutritional health, behaviour, managing childhood illnesses and positive parenting with you. We also discuss family healthy lifestyles and emotional health and wellbeing.

If you feel you need additional emotional advice or support please contact our advice line or come along to one of our child health drop-ins.

Please take a moment to view the one year page in the Personal Child Health Record (known as the ’red book’) which highlights the many new skills your child may be developing at this age.

Remember to have your red book available at your appointment

Some of the topics we may discuss with you are

For additional information see information and resources in the infant feeding section

We also offer the free Solihull online parenting programme.

What to expect

The 2-2 1/2 year review may be completed by your Health Visitor or by one of our experienced Family Health Workers.

It provides you with an opportunity to ask questions or discuss any concerns you may have. We will review your child’s health and development and discuss with you topics like:

  • safety
  • immunisations
  • nutritional health
  • behaviour
  • managing childhood illnesses
  • positive parenting

We also discuss family healthy lifestyles and emotional health and wellbeing.

Prior to the review our team will send you two questionnaires to complete:

  • ASQ 3 | Ages and Stages Questionnaires
  • ASQ SE2 | Agess and Stages Questionnaire - Social Emotional

This allows you time at home to try out some of the activities covered by the questionnaire, where your child is comfortable and in familiar surroundings. This information helps us to understand how your toddler is developing. Don't worry if you can't fill in the whole questionnaire. Your Health Visitor or Family Health Worker will help you complete it. Take a look at the example of what is included on an ASQ3.

Please take a moment to view the two year page in your child’s Personal Child Health Record (known as the ’Red Book’).  This highlights the many new skills they may be developing at this age. We will also weigh and measure your child.

Please remember to bring your questionnaires and red book to your appointment

This review will cover

For additional information see information and resources in the infant feeding section.

We also offer the free Solihull online parenting programme.

Two Year Progress Check

When your child is two and you will also be offered a review by the early years education team. Each review is important and has a different focus on your child's progress and development.  They will identify your child’s progress, strengths and needs.  This is so that you, your health professional and education provider can support your child's health and wellbeing, learning and development.

If your child attends an early years education setting, such as a childminder, nursery, or preschool) the review will take place there. The results of the check should be kept in your child's Personal Child Heath Record  (known as the 'red book').

Two Year Old Funding

Your child may be eligible for free nursery education. Please visit the Family Information Service for more information.

Older children

If you have a child over 2 1/2 years of age and need advice you can still call our Health Visiting and School Nursing Advice Line.  However, if you need more help, we may advise a referral to the Early Help Hub so that you can see a a Health Visitor if you are no longer being visited by the team.

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