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City of York Council's Healthy Child Service

Healthy Child Service logoYork's Healthy Child Service (HCS) delivers information, advice and support for children and parents of children aged 0 - 19 years old.

The Healthy Child Service incorporates York's Health Visiting Service and School Nurse Service. We work with families, young people and children to help them achieve the best possible start in life and reach their full potential.

We work across the city in teams covering the North, East and West of York. You can find out more about our teams and the services we offer by selecting from the options below:

Contact Information

Telephone 01904 555475


What are Health Visitors and what do they do

Who are Health Visitors and what do they do?




Who are Health Visitors?

  • They are a vital part of our communities and work in partnership with families and other professionals who work with children
  • They give speak up for babies and their families
  • They are registered nurses or midwives with an additional public health qualification



 What do Heath Visitors do?

  • They give every baby the best start in life
  • They support thousands of families every week
  • Provide extra support when families need it most
  • Build on families' strengths
  • Spot early problems
  • Connect families to the right support and find solutions together


Parents/Carers can contact them any time for advice on their baby/child's feeding, health, behaviour and with child development questions.

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Infant Feeding advice and support

The healthy child service provides ongoing support for infant feeding (breastfeeding, bottle feeding expressed breastmilk or formula (or a combination of these options) via your health visitor.

Nuture will be re-commencing in June for face to face one to one breastfeeding support with a health visitor.

Clifton and The Avenues Children’s Centre (alternate weeks) every Tuesday 1-3pm

Hobmoor Children’s Centre every Thursday 10-12am

Please contact the Healthy Child Service on 555475 to arrange an appointment or If you are needing advice and support regarding feeding your baby, contact the Healthy Child Service visit Infant Feeding.

NHS breastfeeding week 2022

National Breastfeeding Week 27 June – 3 July 2022

The theme for the week is 'Everyone has a part to play in helping mums to breastfeed'. If you have any questions about breastfeeding speak to your Health Visitor or you may find answers to your questions on the following page Infant feeding advice and support 


Self Weigh Your Baby

You can do this at the following Children's Centres during the stated times and days:

  • Hobmoor Children's Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 9am -12pm and 1pm -4pm
  • The Avenues Children's Centre on Wednesdays 9am -12pm and 1pm -4pm
  • Clifton Children's Centre on Thursdays 9am -12pm and 1pm -4pm

If you have a concern regarding your baby's weight please contact the Healthy Child Service directly on 01904 555475