Health Visiting Service
Health Visitors are Public Health nurses. They work with families to promote good health and to prevent illness. Flying Start Health Visitors offer an enhanced, home based, service which is tailored to the individual needs of the family.
Families in a Flying start area are allocated a named Health Visitor who will support the family from the ante-natal period through to 5 years old. The Healthy Child Wales Programme (HCWP) identifies key contacts for Flying Start families.
- An antenatal contact from 24 weeks gestation.
- A birth visit at 10 -14 days after your baby is born.
- Weekly home visits up until your baby is 6 weeks old.
- Primary immunisations at your family surgery at 8, 12 and 16 weeks old.
- A home visit will also be offered between 8 -16 weeks.
- Home visits at 6 months and 9 – 12 months old.
- Scheduled immunisations at 12 months old.
- All children in Wales have a developmental assessment at 15 months old.
- A speech and language assessment at 18 -24 months old. Flying Start children are offered a free childcare place from the first school term after their second birthday.
- All children in Wales have a developmental assessment at 27 months old.
- Pre-school immunisations at 3 years and 4 months old.
- At 5 years old your child’s health record will be handed over to the school nurse.
For all Flying Start Clinics, please click here.
During these visits Flying Start Health Visitors will assess babies growth and development and advise about key, health enhancing issues such as Immunisations, infant feeding, weaning, oral care and home safety. They also run regular drop in clinics which you can access between home visits.
Flying Start Health Visitors are supported by the wider Flying Start team which includes Speech Therapists, Dietician, Midwife, Social Care and a range of Support Officers, who offer targeted support within the home. Together they aim to support families to give their children the best possible start in life.