The health visiting team is made up of health visitors, staff nurses, nursery nurses and health visitor assistants who provide clerical support.
A significant part of their role is working with families, registered with local doctors, who have children under five years of age. This support includes reviewing the children's heath, development and progress, and supporting families in helping to ensure their children reach their maximum potential. Their work also involves providing support to other family members with their own health needs and other needs, when appropriate.
This support takes place in a variety of settings including in homes and children's centres.
In children's centres we offer a range of services, which include:
Sheena Golden is a nursery nurse who does regular baby weighing sessions, she tells us about her role.
"We can discuss any concerns about things such as breastfeeding and offer advice. We also run pram pushers groups, which are postnatal support groups, and weaning sessions where we show how to prepare and freeze baby meals from scratch."
Contact your nearest children's centre for more information.