Health visitors work with all parents to assess the support they need and develop appropriate programs to help give the child the best possible start in life.
They support and educate families from pregnancy through to when your child starts reception class.
Health visitors can offer:
- Support from your family from antenatal through to when your child attends school.
- Support and advice on family health and minor illnesses.
- Home visit’s which may include advice on feeding, introduction to solids, healthy eating and dental health.
- A physical, emotional and developmental check to ensure your child is reaching their full potential.
- Providing families with specific support on subjects such as postnatal depression.
They also work closely with other professionals including nursery nurses, family support workers and nursery’s to provide the best service for your child.
The type of support can include:
- Referring families to specialists, such as speech and language therapists.
- Arranging access to support groups.
- Organising practical support, for example- working with a nursery nurse on the importance of play.
- Offering advice and further information on housing issues, benefits, training and education.
Health visitors are also trained in recognising risk factors, triggers of concern, and signs of abuse and neglect in children.
‘Well baby’ health visitor drop-in clinics
A number of health visitor drop-in clinics take place each month, details of which appear below.
From time to time information is also posted on the Walsall Healthcare Trust Facebook page.
|Monday||9.30 – 12.00||Twice monthly 1st and 3rd Monday in the month||Willenhall Health Centre, Field Street, Willenhall WV13 2NY||Appointment only. Call 01922 270530 to book|
|1.30 – 3.30||2nd Monday in the month||Rushall Medical Centre 107 Lichfield Road, Rushall WS4 1HW||Child Health Clinic Rushall patients only. Call 01922 604538 to book.|
|9:30 – 11:30||2nd and 4th Monday in the month||Harden Health Centre Harden Road, Walsall WS3 1ET||Appointment only. Call 01922 423312 to book|
|Tuesday||10.00 – 11.30||1st and 3rd Tuesday in the month||Birchills Children’s Centre Sure Start Birchills, North Walsall||Appointment only. Call 01922 605655 to book|
|10.00 – 11.30||1st Tuesday in the month||Pelsall Village Children’s Centre||Appointment only 01922 604538 to book|
|1.30 – 3.30||1st and 3rd Tuesday in the month||Pinfold Health Centre, Field Road, Bloxwich WS3 3JJ||Appointment only. Call 01922 603074 to book|
|Wednesday||9.30 – 11.45||3rd Wednesday in the month||Parkview Medical Centre, Chester Road North, Brownhills WS8 7JG||Appointment only 01922 604538 to book|
|11.00 – 1.00||2nd Wednesday in the month||Collingwood Health Centre, Collingwood Drive, Great Barr B43 7NF||Appointment only 01922 605685 to book|
|9.30 – 11.30||Fortnightly||Darlaston Health Centre, Pinfold Street, Darlaston, Walsall WS10 8SY||Well baby clinic drop-in|
|Thursday||9.30 – 11.30||Weekly||Anchor Meadow Health Centre, Aldridge||Appointment only. Call 01922 605685 9.30-1.30 Mon-Wed to book|
|10 – 11am||3rd Thursday in the month||Beechdale Health Centre, Eddison Road, Beechdale. WS3 7HS||Appointment only. Contact 01922 603074 to book|
|1.00 -3.00||Weekly||Surestart Palfrey Children’s Centre, South Street, Walsall WS1 8NF||Appointment only. Call 07879 412699 to book|
|1.00 – 3.00||Fortnightly||Bentley Health Centre, Churchill Road, Bentley WS2 0BA||Child Health Clinic Drop-in|
|9.15 – 12.00||4th Thursday in the month||Sina Health Centre, 230 Coppice Farm Way, Willenhall WV12 5XZ||Appointment only. Contact 01922 270530 to book|
With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins.
Solihull Approach to Parenting
The Solihull Approach is based on the original work of Hazel Douglas who has led teams of practitioners and parents to develop the ‘Solihull Approach’. The sound and well-researched ideas that underpin the ‘Approach’ are embedded in every aspect of our ‘Understanding your child’s behaviour’ groups and courses.
Our support groups are designed to help you with breastfeeding, ask us any questions that you might have, we’ll support you in your breastfeeding journey.
Awaiting update re: support group times/days.
Information for parents to help answer questions about infant feeding.
Institute for Health Visiting
On our ‘For Families’ page, you will find links to what health visitors do and important online Sources of Support. You will also find iHV Parents Tips which you can download. These are helpful factsheets covering key areas of caring for your child, such as breastfeeding and weaning, health and immunisation, development and behaviour.
‘Birth to Five’ book
This book provides information on caring for children up to five years old and contact details for useful organisations. It is available to new parents resident in Northern Ireland through primary care services (antenatal clinics, GPs or health visitors).
Ages & Stages Questionnaires
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires® (ASQ) Third Edition is a questionnaire designed to help parents check their child’s development.
Services and support for parents.
Walsall children’s and young people’s service directory.
Emotional Health and Wellbeing
Provides information and support to the people of Walsall on promoting emotional resilience and ways to protect our wellbeing.