Child and Family Health Nursing provide health and developmental checks for babies and children. A list of these checks can be found in your child’s Blue Book (My Personal Health Record).
Child and Family Health Nurses also provide support, education and information on parenting.
Children from birth – 5 years.
By phoning the Child Health Information Link (CHIL) on 9562 5400 (option 1).
Most of our services are provided in Early Childhood Health Centres. You might also be seen at home, speak to us over the phone or be sent some information.
Please bring your Blue Book (Personal Health Record) to every appointment.
What you can expect will be different if it is an individual appointment or a group.
If your appointment is at one of our bigger Early Childhood Health Centres, you might be greeted by a receptionist. At other centres you might need to ring a bell and one of our Child and Family Health Nurses will come to greet you.
If the appointment is at your home, you will get a phone call from your Child and Family Health Nurse that day advising what time they will arrive.
During the appointment your Child and Family Health Nurse will have a chat with you about how things have been going. They will go through your Blue Book and talk to you about your child’s health, growth and development. They will also ask you about how you (and your partner) are coping with parenthood.
Parent groups and introduction to solid foods information sessions
Our group sessions offer a space where local families can learn together and share parenting stories.
Our parent groups are available right after the birth of your first child. The group runs for 4 weeks and covers a wide range of topics such as sleep and settling, breastfeeding, tummy time and parent relationships.
Our introduction to solid foods information session is offered when your baby is aged between 3 to 5 months old. This session is held in a group setting and will provide you with information on how and when to introduce solid food to your baby.
Breastfeeding support clinic
These drop in clinics (no appointment) provide advice and information to support breastfeeding women to establish lactation and continue to breastfeed.
At your appointment you will meet your Child and Family Health Nurse. They are nurses with additional qualifications in child and family health nursing.
If you are attending a group, you will also meet other parents and carers with babies and young children.
Our nurses are registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. For more information visit https://www.nursingmidwiferyboard.gov.au/
IMPORTANT: YOU CAN ACCESS OUR CHILD AND FAMILY HEALTH SERVICES IF YOUR CHILD LIVES OR ATTENDS SCHOOL IN SYDNEY LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICT. FOR A MAP OF SYDNEY LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICT CLICK HERE
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