For support and advice about council services please call 01926 410410.
Due to Covid-19 and government restrictions, many children and family services will continue to operate but in a different way.
Please contact the individual services to find out more about the ways they are continuing to deliver support during lockdown.
NHS midwives, health visitors and family nurses work to support you through pregnancy and after the birth of your baby. They work to improve the health and wellbeing of children and families in the crucial first years of life. The service is available to all children and families in Warwickshire, with a wider service available to those with additional needs.
The Outcomes Parent and Baby Star is a person-centred tool used by health visitors with families as a way of plotting where you are on your journey. Health visitors and parents can sit down together and map different areas of your family life to look at strengths and what is working well as well as identifying areas where you might be experiencing difficulties and deciding how and what you want to work on. An information leaflet is given to all parents at new birth and the star is usually completed with your health visitor at your 6-week postnatal review.
Getting to know your baby - A whole series of easy to watch videos covering bonding, baby states, early interactions and sleeping and soothing.
Antenatal and postnatal guidance, information and community support is available throughout Warwickshire for all breastfeeding families.
Additionally, an early breastfeeding support service is provided in Nuneaton, Bedworth and North Warwickshire. This service offers support to breastfeeding mums on discharge from the hospital up until their baby is six to eight weeks of age. Contact the Breastfeeding Support Service for further information on 01926 626529.
Breastfeeding support is also available from Children and Family Centres. Call or drop in to find out times and venues.
The following organisations can also support you with breastfeeding:
Sleep can be a cause for concern for new parents. Midwives and health visitors will cover sleep in their face-to-face sessions but if you have any concerns please do contact them direct. For online help and advice, please see Getting to know your baby – a series of useful videos covering bonding, baby states, early interactions and sleeping and soothing.
If you see a change in your baby’s sleeping pattern ask your GP to check for any underlying concerns, for example, ear infections are a common cause of sleep disturbance.
The integrated two-year developmental review All children are offered a two to two and a half year review as part of the Healthy Child Programme. It is a chance to discuss all areas of your child’s development and any concerns you may have and for professionals to provide early intervention to support your child’s needs if necessary. This review is usually completed by your health visiting team. If your child is in an early years setting they will also complete an Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Progress Check between two to three years of age.
In Warwickshire, the health visiting teams and early years providers work together to complete their assessments to support your child to be ready for school. By working together, they are able to provide a more complete picture of your child’s development and, if additional support is needed, ensure that this can be actioned at the time of the review. They can also provide ongoing support, help and guidance. To do this, they need your consent and you will be asked to sign a consent form to allow both teams to share information with one another. You will be able to discuss the outcomes of both reviews and any concerns you have and both teams will be able to share this information to ensure that the right support is put in place.