The Flying Start Health Visiting Team is made up of specially trained registered Health Visitors, and Community Nursery Nurses.
Health Visitors work with families who have children under five, they work in partnership with families in order to give children the best start in life. Every family with a new baby will be offered a contact with a Health Visitor, they will make contact with you in pregnancy or once your baby is born.
The Health Visitor will discuss their visiting pattern with you and you will have an allocated Health Visitor until your child is 5 years old. Health Visitors can offer support in many areas such as infant feeding, healthy eating, child development and behaviour. They also are there for the rest of the family and can offer emotional support to both parents. They can also refer and signpost to other services.
Community Nursery Nurses work alongside Health Visitors and help provide support for children, at home or in-group settings. They are specially trained in child development and can support families to achieve milestones such as toilet training, weaning and good communication skills.
The Midwife in the Flying Start team will work alongside your community Midwife to offer you support during your pregnancy. The Midwife will also be able to offer support in the first few weeks after you have your baby and can offer you advice about your own health, getting to know your new baby and supporting the whole family to adapt to the new baby.