Rotherham's Children's Public Health Nursing Service (0-19)
The Rotherham Children’s Public Health Nursing Service incorporates the health visiting and school nursing teams along with other community practitioners to promote healthy lifestyles, provide advice and support for children, young people, families and carers. We hope to empower them to achieve their full potential, be healthy and stay safe. We can help them take a more targeted approach when needed.
Our teams are made up of specialist public health nurses, associate public health nurses, nursery nurses and support workers who also work alongside other agencies and additional community practitioners.
The Rotherham Children’s Public Health Nursing Service deliver a public health based service across Rotherham from late pregnancy up to 19 years old (SEND up to 25 years) including:
• infant feeding team
• early attachment
• child development
• introducing solid foods
• healthy child programme
• oral health promotion
• height and weight check (for reception and year 6 aged children)
• health promotions and healthy lifestyles
• advice for teenagers
• young parent team
Breastfeeding gives your child the best possible start in life.
Your milk is unique and changes during each feed, with the time of day, your diet and the baby’s needs. Your breast milk is naturally full of nutrients, enzymes and antibodies. These antibodies reduce the risk of your baby suffering from many illnesses including ear, chest, gut and urine infections, as well as from diabetes, eczema, and asthma, which is why breast milk alone is enough to feed your child for the first six months of their life.
We will give you all the support you need from getting started with breastfeeding to weaning. This includes:
- during pregnancy - we’ll talk about feeding and bonding with your baby
- holding and feeding your baby when they are born
- learning how to respond to your baby’s needs
- recognising feeding cues and knowing when your baby is getting enough milk
- learning how to breastfeed and express milk
- bottle feeding, making formula feeds and sterilising
- weaning your baby on to solid foods
Information about feeding is also available in your Red Book.
We are also working with children’s centres in Rotherham to develop a team of peer supporters who can help you get to grips with breastfeeding, especially if it doesn’t seem to be as straightforward as you had hoped. Peer supporters are other Mums who have breastfed themselves so they know what it is like – but they have had training from our team and can offer lots of good advice and support.
Extra support when families need it
Being a parent can be the best job in the world - but it can also bring challenges. There may be times when parents need some help over and above the five contracts offered in the Healthy Child Programme. This may include:
- postnatal depression
- sleepless children
- managing challenging behaviour
- relationship problems that affect the children
- children who have a long-term health condition
- children who don't seem to be making as much progress as expected
We can provide additional support such as extra visits so that you have more time to talk through your concerns and find the right way for you and your family to get on top of the issue.
We have a good knowledge of all the other services available in the community and can also refer you to other teams who may be able to help.
If there are a number of different services involved with your family, we will work in partnership with them to help achieve the best possible outcome for your child and the rest of the family.
Health advice for teenagers
We can provide advice on all of the following:
- stopping smoking and issues related to alcohol and drugs
- healthy eating, healthy lifestyles and exercise
- sexual health and contraception
- bullying, abuse and exploitation
- worries about mental health
If you are a young person, or someone who is concerned about a young person, you can call our helpline number to speak to someone who can give you advice. If appropriate, we can arrange to see the young person – or put them in contact with a more specialist service that can address their needs.
We also hold drop-in sessions where young people can call in to ask for information or discuss any issue which is affecting their mental or physical health. For dates and times of these sessions, please ring the helpline number – or lookout for posters in schools and community venues.
The Healthy Child Programme
The Healthy Child Programme is a national initiative which aims to ensure that children get off to a good start in life and stay healthy. We offer everyone five visits between the ages of 0-5 years to check on development and give parents the information and support they need as their child grows.
The five visits are as follows:
- An antenatal contact (before your baby is born) - we talk about the weeks ahead and answer any of your questions
- New birth visit (before your baby is fourteen days) - we check on how you and your baby are doing and make sure you get any extra support that you need
- Six to eight week visit - we check that your baby is making progress and help with any questions or concerns that you may have
- One year development review (between nine to twelve months) - we check on your baby’s milestones and talk about what to expect in the year ahead
- Two year development review (between two to two and a half years) - this is a chance to see how your child is getting on in all areas of their development
We are able to support parents by providing:
- development checks for their child
- information and advice on physical and emotional development
- advice on establishing good sleep habits
- information on keeping your child safe, reducing the risk of accident and injury
- breastfeeding advice and support
- healthy eating and weaning advice
- help and advice on minor illnesses
We can signpost you to local services and activities that you and your their child might enjoy or find useful. We are also there to give parents extra support when they need it.
Young Parents' Team
Parenting during your teenage years can bring its own challenges, so we offer a programme of regular visits for young parents. This means young parents get the help they need to do the best for their baby at a time in their lives when they may also need support as young adults.
The programme is delivered by a Young Parents’ Nurse through visits to your home or they may invite you to a clinic. The Young Parent Nurse would visit at key milestones throughout your child’s development for example Antenatal Visit, New Birth Visit, 4 Week Visit, 6-8 Week visit and 3-4 month visit. If you are aged 19 or under and are pregnant with your first baby, you will be referred to this service by your midwife or health visitor who will discuss with you whether you would benefit from the programme.
The programme starts in pregnancy and lasts until your child is 2 years old. The programme covers topics such as health, child development, relationships, emotional wellbeing and everyday health support as a new parent. You will have the opportunity to get to know your Young Parents’ Nurse which means you will feel more able to ask questions and get the help you need which may involve seeking support and information from other specialised services.
Vaccinations, health checks and health promotion in school
Our team visits schools in Rotherham to provide:
- Health screening and assessment service for children starting primary school – to see if there are any health issues which could affect their learning and wellbeing.
- Height and weight checks in Reception and Year 6. Where there are concerns about a child’s growth or weight, we will offer support.
- Opportunities for children to learn about how to look after their own health and get into good habits for life – for example, taking part in teeth brushing clubs.
Immunisation is a way of protecting against serious infectious diseases. Once we have been immunised, our bodies are able to better fight those diseases if we come into contact with them.
The NHS website offers lots of information about the national vaccination programme for babies, children and young people, the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, and the 4-in-1 pre-school booster overview.
For school age immunisations (school years 7 to 13), please contact IntraHealth by telephone on 03333 583 397 (Option 6) or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Weight Management Service (WHAM)
The Weight, Health and Attitude Management (WHAM) service supports children and young people identified as being above a healthy weight through the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP).
The service is delivered in a friendly, safe and non-judgemental environment by experienced health professionals, who offer a tailored approach to weight management. They encourage families to work together to make lifestyle changes that will help children achieve and maintain a healthier weight.
WHAM is embedded into the community with health improvement at the heart of what they do. We have strong links with other professionals such as school nurses, GPs, paediatricians, dietitians, early help and the CAMHS.
For more information about the service, please email us on email@example.com or call us on 01709 423214.
You can also find us on Facebook where we provide healthy lifestyle advice and support including signposting to physical activity opportunities across Rotherham.