The first two years of a child’s life is the most important period for developing communication and physical skills. We believe that every child has the right to the ‘best start in life’ and this starts during pre-conception, pregnancy and the early years. By the time a child has turned 2 years old they can walk, climb furniture, say approximately 50 words and hold a pen to make marks. Supporting children during this unique time will enable us to provide the foundation for all future learning and give them the best opportunity to reach their potential.
We have brought together our start for life services that will support parents and professionals during the 1001 critical days to offer support and advice.
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Family hubs provide a single access point to integrated family support services for early help with social, emotional, physical and financial needs. Each family hub is bespoke to its local community while incorporating three key delivery principles: access, connection and relationships.
We would love to hear from you if you are either currently expecting a baby or have a baby under the age of 2. We want to hear from a diverse group of parents and carers to ensure we listen to all voices in the…
Every family in Heywood Middleton and Rochdale with a child aged 0 to 5 years has a named health visitor. Health visitors are qualified nurses or midwives who have specialist qualifications in community public health. Their training allows them to assess the health needs of…
With healthy start, you get free money every week to spend on milk, fresh, frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. Women and children getting healthy start food vouchers also get free vitamin coupons.