Getting Involved and Getting Help
In England, the Healthy Child Programme (HCP) is the universal public health programme offered to all children and families. It comprises of regular reviews of your child’s health and development as well as a programme of immunizations and parent support. Each family has a named Health Visitor who oversees the delivery of the HCP and each child’s development record (The Red Book) until they reach 5 years of age during their reception year in school.
There are key points at which your health visitor will discuss your child’s development with you and consider how well they are meeting key developmental milestones. This conversation will be supported by an ‘Ages and Stages’ parental questionnaire (ASQ3) as well as other recognized child development screening tools, for example Well Comm. (An assessment of a child’s speech and language development).
There may be times when you want to know more about the development that is typically expected, how you can support your child’s development or more information in relation to a particular need that you have noticed as a parent. You can talk to your Health Visitor about any questions you have and they will share advice, information and activities to help you.
Stockport Health Visitor helpline for general advice and enquiries 0161 835 6789 available Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm (not bank holidays.)
Visit for more information on how to contact your local health visitor https://www.stockport.nhs.uk/services_840H
If you are accessing a childcare setting or the Government funded early education entitlements for 2, 3 and 4 year old,s you can also discuss your child’s development with your Childminder or your child’s key person in their early years setting. (A pre-school, day nursery or local council nursery school/nursery class as part of a primary school).
Some ways you can get involved and help with your child’s learning.