Health and social care

Healthy Child Service

Changes to the Healthy Child Service

In line with government advice, a few changes have been made to our Healthy Child Service offer.

You can still contact our service for advice and support from a School Nurse or Health Visitor at this difficult time. We're doing as much as we can over the phone and we'll still visit you if it is essential. 

Please do not come to the centres, we will contact you by phone and visit only if it is essential and safe to do so. All Healthy Child Clinics and Nurture Breastfeeding Groups within Children’s Centres are postponed until further notice. The self-weigh facility is also temporarily withdrawn.

The team can support over the phone with:

  • behaviour
  • toileting
  • sleep
  • healthy eating
  • ideas for activities during isolation.

We're responsible for children's health visiting and school nursing services in York.

Our health visitors and school nurses are qualified nurses or midwives with specialist training in public health for children, young people and families.

Our intention is not to reduce provision. In combining different elements from within existing 'commissioning pots' the aim is to develop service delivery models that achieve improved health and wellbeing outcomes for all children and young people, and closer alignment with the priorities of our children and young people’s plan.

Breastfeeding Celebration Week, 1 to 7 June 

The Healthy Child Service is passionate and committed about supporting you with feeding your baby, whichever method you choose.

The Healthy Child Service Nurture breastfeeding support groups continue to be temporarily suspended during the pandemic. However, as usual, we can provide support and information over the phone about feeding your baby and we can visit at home safely to support you with feeding if you are experiencing difficulties.

Another source of information is The Breastfeeding Friend Alexa app which is a 24/7 source of information provided by NHS Start 4 Life. Just look for the Breastfeeding Friend in the Alexa Skills Store.

We'll update this page when Nurture groups can be safely resumed.

Health visitors

Health visitors lead and deliver the Healthy Child Service for 0 to 5 year olds, offering support to all families in pregnancy and up to when children are aged five by:

  • helping to support the health and wellbeing of your whole family, from ante-natal visits until your child goes to school
  • providing advice on healthy choices (breastfeeding, weaning and healthy eating)
  • offering development reviews to ensure your child is reaching its full potential
  • supporting parents to feel confident in their parenting skills and to provide the best opportunities for their baby
  • working in partnership with Children’s Centres and specialist services to support families with additional needs
  • offering support and information to families experiencing specific difficulties such as postnatal depression, social isolation and domestic abuse

Our health visitors and school nurses can be called Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm, at:

  • The Avenues children’s Centre: 01904 551760
  • Clifton Children’s Centre: 01904 552322
  • Hob Moor Children’s Centre: 01904 555475

If arranging a visit, we'll ask you about any household symptoms of coronavirus before we come, and if we can delay our visit until your household are no longer self-isolating we will. If we do need to visit when your household has symptoms, we have personal protective equipment (PPE) so we can do this safely and Health visitors will call before they visit. Please follow the guidance to stay at home within your own household and maintain social distancing when you do have to go out for essential supplies.

New parents will still be offered a face to face visit from a Health Visitor when they have been discharged by the midwife.

School nurses

School nurses lead and deliver the Healthy Child Service for 5 to 19 year olds, working with children, young people and their families and have a key role in supporting children and young people in school settings. They:

  • help support the physical and emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people
  • provide advice on healthy choices (healthy eating, dental health, sexual health and substance misuse)
  • offer health reviews to ensure your child continues to reach its full potential
  • provide specific support for families with complex needs such as diabetes and asthma
  • offer advice and information on health issues such as bedwetting and behavioural problems
  • work closely with your child’s school to promote a healthy lifestyle
  • offer the childhood immunisation programme to protect against disease and infection

Young people can contact the school nurses confidentially by texting or calling telephone: 07833 437363, Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm.

Also see

Children's Services Team

Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) Team

West Offices, Station Rise, York, YO1 6GA

Telephone: 01904 551900