Support Services for Parents
· Registering your baby with a GP
Register your baby with your GP as early as possible in case you need their help.
Some GPs will see small babies at the beginning of surgery hours or without an appointment, but be prepared to wait.
· How your health visitor can help
A health visitor is a qualified nurse or midwife who has had extra training. They're there to help you, your family and your new baby stay healthy.
· Child health clinics
Child health clinics are run by health visitors and GPs. They offer regular baby health and development reviews and vaccinations.
Local authority services
· Sure Start Children's Centres
Children's centres are linked to maternity services. They provide family health and support services, early learning, and full-day or temporary care for children from birth to 5 years.
They also provide advice and information for parents on a range of issues, from parenting to training and employment opportunities. Some have special services for young parents.
· Family Information Service
Your local Family Information Service (FIS) aims to help you support your children by providing a range of information specifically for parents.
They offer information about local childcare services and availability, and can help you if you need childcare for a child with a disability or special needs.
· Healthy lifestyle advice for families with young children
We provide a Start Well Sheffield Family Programme for parents and carers who have children under 5 years of age.
Find out why children’s behaviour can be challenging and learn ways to respond to this type of behaviour and much more. The sessions are fun and very informal. The focus is about giving your children the very best start in life and includes discussions on: introducing healthier food, increasing activity and cutting down on screen-time. A creche is provided and you'll receive a toolkit to use at home.