Health & Breastfeeding
Supporting the health of the whole family.
What’s on offer?
There are lots of ways in which the children’s centres can help you and your children stay healthy, from information and health awareness one off sessions, all the way through to cooking courses and first aid.
Health visitor clinics
Although these universal groups are not currently running owing to the Covid-19 lockdown, these drop-in groups are normally accessible in all of our children’s centres on a variety of days and times.
If you have any concerns and you would like to speak to a health visitor, you can contact them via:
- Single point of access number: 0300 247 0090
- Wiltshire Children’s Services website
Breastfeeding support – Mum2mum
Are you pregnant and thinking about breastfeeding, or are you already breastfeeding and looking for some advice and support? Why not join us online for a friendly chat, where you can connect with experienced mums, who are trained to provide support. We have small group sessions running several times a week offering the chance to chat through your breastfeeding questions or experiences.
If you would rather speak to one of our experienced peer supporters one to one, then please give us a call and we can arrange for a call back.
Other sources of help include:
Breast pump hire
There are many reasons you might be considering the use of a breast pump, but we know that these can be expensive and you may not be sure if it is right for you. Each of our children’s centres has a small stock of machines that we are able to lend out for an agreed period, so please do contact us.
The cost of the hire is normally a one off £10.00 fee as some of the parts need to be replaced each time we lend the machine out, but please don’t let this put you off requesting a loan as we are more than happy to take individual circumstances into account.
A programme aimed at young parents and/or those families with identified need. For parents and their non-moving babies to encourage bonding and communication through soothing touch.
Healthy Start vitamins
All pregnant women, women with a baby under one year old and children aged up to their fourth birthday are entitled to claim their free Healthy Start vitamins.
Healthy Start vitamins contain vitamins A, C and D for children aged from birth to four years, and folic acid and vitamins C and D for pregnant and breastfeeding women.
Two types of Healthy Start products are available:
- Healthy Start children’s vitamin drops (containing vitamins A, C and D)
- Healthy Start vitamins for women (containing folic acid and vitamins C and D).
Cooking and healthy eating
We are currently running our cooking sessions with Anybody Can Cook online. If you are interested in signing up to a group then please get in touch. You will find out about easy, cheap and nutritious recipes, engage in fun food activities and get lots of ideas to get children involved with preparing their own food.
In partnership with Wiltshire First Aid we are currently able to offer a free online paediatric first aid course, which will equip you with the knowledge, skills and confidence you need to deal with paediatric first aid situations. This course covers key topics including: basic life support, shocks, seizures, fractures, bleeding and burns.
This is a flexible, online course that can be accessed from your own home and completed at your own pace and is available to all families with children aged 0-5 years old living in south, east or west Wiltshire. If you are interested in signing up to a group then please get in touch.
Injury prevention monthly themes
Injury prevention is an important part of all of our groups, and each month we have separate themes. If you join one of our Little Learners groups you will always receive the latest information and handy bits of advice, or go to our What’s Happening page and take a look at all of our newsletters. You’ll find a whole load of information and advice.
Foodbanks in Wiltshire
If you are struggling during these difficult times, please don’t struggle alone. We can help you access the many foodbanks in Wiltshire, please contact us.