Health Visiting

Being a parent can be challenging and being able to talk to someone face-to-face can really help. The Health Visiting Service supports families with a new baby or child under five-years-old by offering advice and guidance.

Your local Health Visiting Team can help with those common challenges you experience day-to-day that can help your child grow, develop, and stay well.

They provide advice and support on:

  • infant feeding
  • child development and behaviour
  • healthy weight, growth and nutrition
  • you and your baby/child’s emotional wellbeing
  • immunisations
  • toileting
  • sleep
  • accident prevention.

Who's in the team?

The team includes:

  • community public health nurses
  • senior public health assistants
  • public health assistants led by specialist community public health nurses (health visitors).

Health visitors and community public health nurses are registered nurses or midwives that have undergone additional training in the care and development of pre-school children.

They work with midwives, early years staff, GPs, paediatricians and voluntary organisations to provide the best possible care to you and your family.

What appointments do they offer?

A member of the team will contact you to offer an appointment:

  • once during your pregnancy
  • when your baby is around 10 days old
  • six to eight weeks following birth

They also offer two further developmental reviews, one between nine and 12-months and the next at two to two-and-a-half years.

You can find out more about these and how to access your appointment on the Kent Family website.

Health visitors are specialist community public health nurses who provide expert advice, support and interventions for families expecting a new baby or those with children under 5 years old.

Contact your local Health Visiting team directly or be referred by a GP or healthcare professional.

Text for support

You can text "Let's Chat 0-5" to 07312 263368 for a quick answer to anything that's bothering you.

The Kent Baby website

Go to the Kent Baby website for films, resources and links that can help you and your child on the journey from pregnancy to starting school.

Go to the Kent Baby website

Support from health visitors

The Health Visiting Service provides advice and support on:

  • growth, physical and emotional development and learning through play
  • breastfeeding, introducing solid foods and healthy eating
  • immunisations
  • common infections, skin problems and minor illnesses in children
  • challenges such as teething, temper tantrums, sleeping, eating and toilet training
  • post-natal depression, bereavement and violence in the family
  • reducing accidents in the home.

The service will contact families to offer support at the following stages of a baby or child’s development:

  • during the antenatal period (after 28 weeks)
  • following the birth of your baby (usually before 14 days of age)
  • between 6 and 8 weeks of age
  • between 9 and 2 months of age
  • between 2 and 2 and a half years of age.