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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


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Infant Feeding advice and support during coronavirus

The Healthy Child Service is passionate and committed about supporting you with feeding your baby, whichever method you choose.

The Healthy Child Service Nurture breastfeeding support groups continue to be temporarily suspended during the pandemic. However, as usual, we can provide support and information over the phone about feeding your baby and we can visit at home safely to support you with feeding if you are experiencing difficulties.

Another source of information is The Breastfeeding Friend Alexa app which is a 24/7 source of information provided by NHS Start 4 Life. Just look for the Breastfeeding Friend in the Alexa Skills Store.

We'll update this page when Nurture groups can be safely resumed.

Coronavirus Update Families York

Important Government announcement

During the Coronavirus you can still contact the Healthy Child Service for support. For up to date information and guidance regarding the coronavirus please visit

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

We have reached our second phase of reopening the Children’s Centres and are able to offer some referral only groups for families in addition to planned and essential appointments.

We hope to reach the third stage of reopening our Children Centres for universal groups after October 2021.

We are continuously monitoring government guidance and will provide updates as soon as we can.