0-19 Children's Service - Luton

Please be aware that our children’s services are currently affected by the coronavirus outbreak. Please check here for the latest service information and contact details.

Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic the Health Visiting service contacts have temporarily changed.  

At the present time initial contact with the Health Visiting team will be made by telephone and time will be spent completing a phone assessment.  

This week we have also commenced where possible, the use of video contacts with clients to support with the clinical assessment.  

In collaboration with our partners in the community, Flying Start Children Centres,  we will now be making contact with Mothers by phone at 6-8 weeks after your baby is born to discuss you and your baby’s wellbeing and to offer support.

Three new flyers have been brought out by the NHS, designed for new parents and parents to be. Check them out here:
Maternity Flyer CV19 - Parent Information
Maternity Flyer CV19 - Looking After Yourself
Maternity Flyer CV19 - Planning Your Birth

What we do

The 0-19 Service is delivered by health visiting, school nursing and infant feeding teams.

The 0-19 service is offered to children aged 0-5 who live in Luton, and children aged 5-19 who attend a Luton school, college, or alternative education provider, as well as to their parents/guardians/carers. There is an open access referral system in place which includes self referrals.

The vision of the 0-19 Service is that all children will reach their full potential. We aim to contribute to this through delivery of the Healthy Child Programme in partnership with other agencies including children’s centres.

Come and see us in child health clinic for advice and support on your child’s development, feeding, starting solids etc and to monitor the growth, health and well-being needs of babies and children. A timetable can be found on the Flying Start website here.

The service is provided in a variety of settings including:

  • Client’s homes
  • GP surgeries
  • Children’s centres
  • Schools
  • Clinics
  • Community health services

The Healthy Child Programme is an early intervention and prevention public health programme which consists of interventions such as screening, health and development reviews, health promotion,  and advice to children, young people and their parents/guardians or carers.

The programme includes:

  • Antenatal contacts
  • New birth visits by day 14
  • 6-8 week maternal mental health assessments
  • 1 year development assessments
  • 2 year development assessment
  • School entry reviews
  • National Child Measurement Programme
  • Universal health promotion
  • Advice, signposting and referrals to other agencies
  • Progressive packages of care

Antenatal and newborn services

All antenatal clients will be contacted for a visit within 28-36 weeks of their pregnancy.

Mothers and their partners are also recommended to attend antenatal classes "Bump to Babe", which consists of three two hour sessions, at around 25 weeks pregnant. Please contact Flying Start to book your place. 

There is also a monthly session to support mums with feeding their newborn babies, which you can find more about here. 

All parents/carers of new babies will be sent a text message at 5 weeks, in which we recommend parents/ carers then book their routine 6-8 week appointment and immunisations with their GP and to attend their local child health clinic for health visiting advice and support. 

Information and help on a variety of health related issues about your child/children can also be found here. Health Advice

Also take a look at our infant feeding page here. 

How to contact our service

Both patients and professionals can call our duty advice line on 0333 405 0087, Monday to Friday, 9am - 5pm. 

Leaflets and additional information

Infant feeding, breastfeeding service, school nursing service

Hungry Little Minds - Simple, fun activities for kids, from newborn to five. 

FileTypeSizeUploaded onDownload
Breastfeeding leaflet LUTONPDF1.75 MB10 Aug, 2020 Download
Breastfeeding leaflet BEDFORDPDF1.77 MB10 Aug, 2020 Download
Breastfeeding after returning to work or study (Start4Life)PDF4.99 MB06 Feb, 2020 Download
Off to the best start leaflet (Start4Life)PDF3.68 MB06 Feb, 2020 Download
Building a happy baby, a guide for parents (UNICEF)PDF1.89 MB06 Feb, 2020 Download
Caring for your baby at night (UNICEF)PDF598.88 KB06 Feb, 2020 Download
Early Days Baby Feeding Booklet - July 2019PDF8.50 MB02 Jan, 2020 Download
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