From Pregnancy to Early Years
Starting a family and having children is one of the most natural things in the world and so is having a lot of questions!
There are so many places to go for information and advice but in this section of our website we have links to information, advice and support services you can really trust. In the Related Links and Advice section of this page, you will find links to all the organisations and services mentioned below and a few more, as well as useful leaflets to download which can be found in the 'Downloads' section.
If you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant you want to be as healthy as possible to give your baby a head start and to help you feel as well as possible. Start for life is a service which parents to be can sign up to for information and support throughout a pregnancy. You will receive weekly support through emails and texts and be able to watch helpful videos that will take you through each stage of pregnancy. You can also find the Healthy Start to Pregnancy leaflet in the downloads box on this page.
If you are on benefits or a low income you may qualify for extra help with fruit, veg and milk during pregnancy and once baby has arrived, through the Healthy start voucher scheme. to find out more visit the Healthy start website, or use the link to our healthy start vouchers page in related links.
There is also a useful weekly guide for when you are expecting a baby or just had a baby which outlines maternity rights and benefits available for working families.
For a helpful starting point with information about what to expect when you find out you are pregnant and keeping healthy in pregnancy, you can also take a look at the video at the bottom of the screen. There is one in English and one in Urdu also.
If you are expecting a baby, the Buckinghamshire Health Care NHS – Birth Choices website is a great place to start. Here you will find information and advice on care and support services throughout pregnancy and what to expect from the maternity services in Bucks. There are useful sections on the website with information on the support available, health checks, baby clinics and more including:
Baby Buddy is the FREE mobile phone app for parents and parents-to-be, with personalised content approved by doctors and midwives, that spans from pregnancy right through to the first six months after birth. You can download Baby Buddy for free on Google Play and in the App Store and the information is also available on the Best Beginnings website.
Check out the Welcome to Baby Buddy video below.
Health services for children and young people in Bucks
Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust provide a range of services for children and young people in Bucks including Health Visiting, School Nursing, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and Speech Therapy. This is a reliable place to go for information. You can find out more at Bucks healthcare Children and young people website or for information on Childhood illness visit NHS Child Health Bucks Facebook page.
Did you know that across the County we have are 35 Children’s Centres dedicated to providing information, advice, support and activities for parents-to-be and families with children up to the age of 5 years. Many offer sessions with Health visitors and Speech and Language services which will be listed on each centre's timetable.
You’ll also find a link to our Advice and Support Information which provides information on a range of areas including: becoming a parent, you and your partner and information specifically for dads and grandparents, parenting a teenager and so much more!
Children develop at different rates – this is normal. But if you're concerned about your child – for instance, how many words they can say, whether they're walking or not or issues to do with their behaviour, it can really help to talk this over with someone.
Talking to someone can give you all-important reassurance – or a second opinion and help for your child if needed.
If there's something worrying you, talk to your health visitor, GP or a member of staff at your local children's centre. If you're not sure who your health visitor is, you will be able to get their contact details at your GP surgery or children's centre.
Or if you'd rather talk things over with another parent as a first step, Family Lives is a free 24 hour helpline for parents run by parents for other parents – and it's open every day of the year. Calls are in complete confidence and the person you talk to will provide a listening ear and let you know where to go for more help if you need to.
Health and Development Reviews for Two Year Olds
When your child is two your Health Visitor and your child’s Key Person (if they attend an early years setting) can provide you with more information about their health, learning and development.
Two Year Health Reviews are carried out by your child’s Health Visitor. At this review you will discuss your child’s health needs, development and behaviour. A height and weight review will also be included at this appointment.
Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Progress Checks at Age Two are carried out by your child’s key person if they are attending an early years settings (e.g. pre-school, nursery, childminder etc.). The progress check will highlight areas where your child is progressing well and any areas where they might need some extra help or support.
To find out more download the 2 Year Old Checks leaflet in the Downloads section.