Child and family
Sure Start Childrens Centres offer
a wide variety of health services and support for Newham's families
with children under 5.
Advice, information and support are provided to help
families understand and improve their child's health and
developmental needs. In addition to centre based services home
visits are provided by all the health teams and range from a new
birth visit by your local health visiting team, to specialist
family therapy provided by the child and family consultation
The nutrition team promote healthy eating and provide parents with
the knowledge and skills necessary to provide a healthy diet for
all family members.
Their approach is wide-ranging and includes: group sessions for
parents-to-be and parents/carers on topics including nutrition for
healthy families, during pregnancy, weaning groups; cook and eat
courses, introducing such skills as how to cook affordable healthy
foods and understanding nutrition labels; nutrition drop-in
sessions, where parents/carers can get one-to one advice, including
where needed a home visit; specialised groups for children and
their parents/carers to encourage healthy eating habits early in a
The team also work with childcare settings and deliver the Healthy
Eating Awards Scheme. The scheme provides an accreditation award to
settings that provide nutritious and varied food for children
ensuring that they meet childrens social, cultural and educational
Child and Family Consultation services
The aim of the team is to promote and strengthen emotional health
and wellbeing, supporting families when issues arise and prevent
such issues continuing into later life.
The team provide support to front line staff working with children
and families and focus on working with children where emotional and
behavioural issues are present and issues affecting parents and
The team also support front line staff who deliver a series of
workshops covering topics on supporting your child's; sleep;
behaviour, toilet training and fussy eating.
Childrens centres provide an enhanced midwifery service to pregnant
women, new mums and their families.
The team deliver their support in the home and through groups and
services such as; antenatal classes for women and their birth
partners; antenatal and postnatal drop in support groups from any
stage of pregnancy up to six months post birth.
The groups provide support and an opportunity to discuss your
pregnancy and child and make new friendships. The team also
provides breastfeeding support groups that offer advice on all
aspects of breastfeeding, these group are open to all women who are
thinking of breastfeeding and those who are breastfeeding and would
like additional support.
There are four NHS Newham community midwifery teams based across
the borough with three based in childrens centres and the fourth a
short walk from a children centre and outreach venue. This team
provides clinical services to women including free pregnancy
You can book your pregnancy with your midwife or be given advice on
what to do before pregnancy, during pregnancy or after the birth of
Speech and language support services
Childrens centres promote speech and
language development in children under five. If you have any
concerns about your child's speech development you can attend a
Chatterbox drop in session.
The team also support the Every Child a Talker programme which
supports childcare settings in developing the skills of
practitioners and parents to support childrens communication,
language and learning and ensure early identification of children
with language difficulties
Health visiting services
Health visitors provide universal and specialist support to all
families in Newham with children up to the age of 5.
Services are delivered to all families at key stages in a child's
life, these include; new birth visits; support and information on
local services for under 5's; developmental checks; child health
advisory clinics where your baby's weight will be recorded and you
can seek information and advice; health promotion information
advice, this can be delivered alongside other services such as
Support for parents
Working with midwives, health visitors, GPs and others who have
contact with parents before and after birth, this team provide
support for parents and parents to be where emotional issues are
present during pregnancy and in the first year after birth. They
can also support parents of children where the parents have
psychological issues that affect their parenting.
For further information please email
or call 020 8430 2000.