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Healthy Child Programme 0-5 Years

The Healthy Child Programme (HCP) 0-5 years' service is the universal evidence-based public health & screening programme for families with children up to Five Years. 

Support can be offered for the following:

  • Enhanced support for "baby and me" (basic needs, bonding, and parenting support - for families with identified vulnerability).
  • Infant Feeding and breast-feeding advice and support Review and assessment of growth (over and underweight concerns)
  • Sleep Routines
  • Maternal Mental Health (where perinatal mental health issues are impacting on bonding & attachment, and are affecting the wellbeing of the infant).
  • Healthy eating & eating behaviour.
  • Supporting a child's development
  • Enhanced support for vulnerable families with establishing routines and boundaries. 
  • Continence Pathway
  • Support for parents who have suffered a previous sudden & unexpected death in infancy
  • Young Parents Pathway (for vulnerable young parents requiring additional support).

Parents can contact the team directly by calling the Mid Sussex Duty Line 01273 696011 (Ext. 6606) or by texting Parentline, an anonymous texting service, on 07312 277163

You can text Parentline at any time and they will return your all within 24 hours Monday to Friday 9am-4.30 except for bank holidays and weekends. 


COVID19 Talking to Children - Returning to School

Evidence from the UK and internationally tells us that COVID-19 is generally milder in children than in adults: most infected children present with mild symptoms or are asymptomatic, and few very rarely develop severe or life threatening disease.
It is also important to consider that schools play a key role in promoting children’s health, social and mental wellbeing. They also provide the setting from which children can access health surveillance, support and advice as well as individual and group therapeutic programmes.

The RCPCH have put together a guidence for parents concerned about returning to school in the current pandemic.

COVID-19 - talking to children and families about returning to school: guiding principles


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Last Updated 12/05/2022