Public Health Early Years’ Service provides: Health Visiting, Oral Health and Breastfeeding Support to families of children aged 0-5 years across Calderdale.
A high-quality, holistic approach means services are accessible for all families, bringing about a consistently efficient and effective response to your young child’s healthcare needs.
Each family has a named Health Visitor who, if the family wishes, acts as a care co-ordinator and a single point of contact between the family and any other health and social care professionals who are providing support. This helps families understand the roles of the various professionals in creating a seamless care plan and avoids duplication. Your Health Visitor works directly with your whole family to make sure you are supported consistently and with guidance are able to take ownership of your family’s health and health goals.
Health Visitors and Breast Feeding Peer Supporters work in teams to cover the whole of Calderdale via these localities:
Your GP and other health or social care professional may refer you to a Health Visitor and you can contact the service directly. All services are available 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday.
PHEYS appointments are made to suit both families and clinicians at a day, time and place wherever you feel comfortable. We can visit your home or see you and your child at one of the clinics or many local community centres and children’s centres in Calderdale.
The Oral Health team works in schools, nurseries and playgroups supporting and training staff there to meet children’s oral health needs. This is done through a variety of methods such as supervised tooth brushing programmes and supporting families with a wide range of information materials.
Peer Mentoring programmes provide support with infant feeding to all families. All volunteers attend an accredited training course in breastfeeding peer support and there are now more than 70 active peer supporters across Calderdale.
HEYS offers a free mobile app packed with top tips to offer a helping hand to parents and carers of children aged from birth to 5 years old. Families can now access trustworthy information on child health and services available in Calderdale. Created with families and child health professionals the website, downloadable content and free mobile app have been designed to help children in Calderdale to be healthy, happy and safe. Telephone 030 0304 5076 (this is a local call rate telephone number).