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The Parenting Journey will support you from pregnancy until your child starts school. With a mixture of sessions from stay and plays in your Children’s Centre to your Health Visitor coming to visit you. It is a fun way for you to learn more about your babies / child’s development, speak to health and childcare professionals along with a chance to meet other parents.

Contact your children's centre, speak to your health visitor or contact family information service to find out when your next stop is.

The 12 stops

Antenatal - Stop 1

Stop 1 - A home visit from you're Health Visitor to talk about their role and discuss you and your family's health.

Stop 2 

Welcomes you to your local Childrens Centre and provides a tour of the the centre and what is available to you as new parents. 

Find out more about Children's Centres in Cheshire East and which is your nearest centre.

Useful information for this part of your 'Parenting Journey'

Health Visitor home visits - Stops 3 and 4

Stop 3 - New Birth visit where your Health Visitor talks to you about you and your baby’s health and development.

Stop 4 - At between 4 - 6 weeks your health visitor will visit you to provide on going support for you and your baby.  They will also identify any additional help you feel you may need.

  • NHS Antenatal Care - Everything you need for your parenting journey, from feeding and caring for your little one to relationships and looking after yourself.
  • Start4Life -  Parenthood information including breastfeeding, vaccinations, your mental health and much more.  
  • Baby Buddy App - provides advice to help you look after you and you baby’s mental and physical health.
  • CATCH APP - free health app providing personalised information and guidance for parents and carers of children aged 0-5

Babies Together - Stop 5  

Birth - 12 months - A weekly stay and play session in your local children's centre providing activities for your babies development, information and advice from Family Service Workers and Health Professionals and an opportunity to meet with other parents and babies of a similar age.

Further information and support

Weaning Together - Stop 6  

4 – 7 months - A session on introducing your babies to solid foods delivered jointly by Health Professionals and Family Service Workers.  Contact your local Children's Centre to find out when the next session is.  

12 month Review - Stop 7  

9 – 12 months - An opportunity to discuss your child’s health and development with a Health Visitor.

Toddler's Together - Stop 8  

From 12 months - A fun and active stay and play sessions in your local children's centre supporting your child's development.  With information and advice from Family Service Workers and Health Professionals. 

Further Support

2 Year Old Integrated Review - Stop 9 

Age 2 is an important time for children.  It is the ideal time to celebrate your child's achievements and an opportunity to provide your child with any extra help they might need.  This review brings together the thoughts of you the parent, your health visitor and your childcare provider. 

Stay and Play Together - Stop 10  

From 2 years - A fun and active stay and play sessions in your local children's centre supporting your child's development.  With information and advice from Family Service Workers and Health Professionals. 

Further Support

Chat, Play and Read Together - Stop 11 

Age 3 – 4 years - Fun and active play sessions themed around favourite books to find out more about helping your child to chat, play and read at home.

Ready, Steady School Stop 12

Ready Steady School - A fun and active play session to support you and your child in getting ready for school.

  • If you need to speak to someone about your child’s
    transition into school please contact your local Children’s Centre and we can
    arrange a discussion for you with one of our Early Years Professionals.

More Information on your Parenting Journey

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Also like your local Children's Centre to find out what groups are running and when.

For more information on your Parenting Journey contact your children's centre, speak to your health visitor or contact family information service

Useful websites

  • Bookstart - Book recommendations and games for under 5's
  • Safe from accidents - Downloadable Parents’ Pack aimed at helping parents identify the key risks of accidents and help prevent them.
  • Early language development - ICAN provides a guide to the typical stages of speech and language development in babies, children and young people.
  • Start4Life Guidance - Help and advice for a healthy and happy baby / child.
  • The Communication Trust - Ages and stages of your child's communication development
  • The Lullaby Trust - Safer sleep for babies
  • CATCH free health app aimed at parents and carers of children aged 0-5
  • Talking Point - information on children’s communication

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