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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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Sun Safety

During hot weather babies and young children can become ill.  Their health can be seriously affected by heat exhaustion and heatstroke, sunburn and dehydration

Please visit the NHS website for information on Keeping your baby safe in the sun - NHS (

Watch this video from the Lullaby Trust

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How to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) for your baby

The Lullaby Trust gives simple steps for how you can sleep your baby to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) which is commonly known as cot death. It can give you the peace of mind to enjoy this special time.



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
  • Clifton Children's Centre on Thursdays 9am -12pm and 1pm -4pm

Please note that there is no Baby Self Weigh at The Avenues Children's Centre during the Summer Holidays due to building work!

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