Five years old

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Keep your child's growth charts and health records from the NHS with you wherever you are.

eRedbook stores information about immunisations, health reviews and screening tests securely in the cloud so they are always at hand. 

Access your child's NHS health records quickly and easily through eRedbook once your child's record is connected to the NHS.

If you are worried about your child’s development, please speak to your Health Visitor or GP.

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Compulsory school age

Legally, your child must start full time education once they reach the compulsory school age (five years old).

Find out more about this legal requirement on the website.

Apply for a place at school.
Exercise right of appeal on school place

If you are unhappy with the school place your child is offered, you have the right to appeal.

Find out about how to appeal, the process that will follow and the potential outcome.
Health Visiting Service

Health visitors work with children and their families from the antenatal period until children are five. We work in partnership with other agencies such as midwives, GPs, schools, social workers, voluntary services and children centres.  

Together we aim to improve the health and wellbeing of all children aged 0-5 and to prevent ill health through health promotion at individual and community level. 

Find out more about the Health Visiting Service

Specialist Health Visiting Service

The specialist health visiting service provides a targeted service that supports vulnerable children aged 0-5 and their families. The service comprises of three specialist health visiting teams. Please click on the links below to find out more about the teams:

Specialist Health visitors for Perinatal Infant Mental Health (PIMH)

Specialist Health Visitors for children with SEND

Specialist Health visitors for HIV

School Health Service

Our school health service aims to support children and young people from five to 19 years and their families, to enable them to reach their full potential.

We offer information and support in the following areas; emotional health and well-being, managing complex and additional health needs, monitoring growth and development and support with growing up and preparing to become an adult. 

Find out more about School Health Service

Eye tests every two years

When your child is in the reception year of school, they will be entitled to a free eye test, provided by Newham’s School Health service. Find out more about vision and hearing tests.

From this point onwards, your child will be entitled to an eye test every two years.
Hearing test

When your child is in the reception year of school, they will be entitled to a free hearing test, provided by Newham’s School Health service. Find out more about vision and hearing tests.

Flu vaccine

Once your child starts in reception class in school, they are entitled to flu (influenza) vaccine every year from reception until Year Six.

The vaccine will prevent your child from catching flu, which can be an unpleasant illness and lead to serious health issues.

Find out more about the flu vaccine on the NHS website.
Five onwards - Dental checks

It is important that your child has regular dental checks to make sure their teeth and gums are healthy and prevent any future problems.

Dental checks are free to all children under 18 years old. How often your child will need to have them can vary from every three months to every two years.

Newham youth map

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