A baby plays with her mum

12 stops for the best start in life

Last year, 3,765 babies were born in Cheshire East. Our ‘Parenting Journey’ programme is just one way in which we’re working with families to help ensure everyone of them gets the best possible start in life.

The programme supports families from pregnancy through to the child starting school and brings health and early-help services together with a 12-stop Parenting Journey.

Each stop is specifically designed to meet the child’s developmental milestones and includes interactive play activities and sessions with health visitors and family service workers.

Cheshire East mum Farrah with her daughterMum Farrah said: “The Parenting Journey has been so helpful to me, especially as a first-time parent. There’s lots of support available with sessions on all aspects of my child’s development and the staff are really knowledgeable and always have the answers to any questions I have.”

The Parenting Journey is part of our commitment to provide families with the support they need as soon as they need it. The group ‘stops sessions’ are held in children’s centres and others are held in parents’ own homes on a one-to-one basis. They are a fun way for parents to learn more about their baby or child, while having access to health and childcare professionals and being able to meet other mums and dads.

Neil, one of the dads, said: “I’ve discovered lots of information I didn’t know before and it’s reassured me that I’m on the right track.”

More information can be found at Live Well Cheshire East.