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Health visiting for children under 5 years during COVID 19

Antenatal contacts

We are offering telephone reviews (and some home visits if assessed as essential) to parents expecting a baby.

New birth contacts

We are offering home visits with screening of COVID 19 symptoms taking place before hand. If it is not possible to see a family face to face we are offering a telephone review.

6-8 week reviews

We are contacting parents by phone 6-8 weeks postnatally to offer a telephone review of parental mood, and infant feeding and well being.

1 and 2 year reviews

Parents of children approaching 12 months and 27 months of age are being contacted by letter to explain clinic appointments for these developmental reviews are not currently taking place. We are inviting parents to contact us on 0208 973 3490 if they wish to discuss their child's health, behaviour and development. Online resources to support development, and to help families manage challenges relating to COVID 19 are provided in the letter.

Families moving into Hounslow area

Families are being contacted by letter to explain movement in clinic appointments are not currently taking place. We are inviting parents to contact us on 0208 973 3490 if they wish to discuss their child's health, behaviour and development. Online resources to support development, and to help families manage challenges relating to COVID 19 are provided in the letter.

Families requiring support to ensure their children's safety

The Health Visiting team will continue to offer telephone reviews to families and to work with other professionals involved. If visits are essential these will be offered subject to screening questions. If a visit can not be delayed and the family are self isolating the team can use Personal Protective Equipment to undertake a visit. We also have some clinic appointments available for essential face to face contacts, subject to screening questions beforehand.

Families and professionals can contact our duty team Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm on 0208 973 3490.

Early Years SEN Team
Who we are:
The Early Years SEN Team consists of Early Years SEN Advisory Teachers and Early Years SEN Specialist Practitioners. We work with early years providers (private, voluntary, and independent) within the London Borough of Hounslow.

Who the service is for:
The team works with Ofsted registered early years providers to help develop quality inclusive provision and to support the inclusion of children from 0 - 5 years with special educational needs and/or disability (SEND). Please note we do not work directly with parents and/or the child.

How to access the service:
Each early years setting has an allocated Early Years SEN Advisory Teacher who is the main point of contact for the setting SENCO. They are available to offer advice and support on any matters relating to inclusion and/or SEND.
Each Childminder has an allocated Early Years SEN Specialist Practitioner who is their first point of contact for any matters relating to inclusion and/or SEND.

What support we provide:
We fulfil the remit of the Area SENCO role (SEND Code of Practice 0 – 25 years: January 2015 page 89-90)

Which includes:
• Providing advice and practical support about approaches to identification, assessment and intervention
• Providing guidance and advice to setting SENCOs to ensure arrangements are in place to support children with SEND within their provision
• Promoting links between the setting, parent, health services and schools
• Providing training to early years practitioners to develop good inclusive practice
• Promoting effective transitions from early years settings to school nursery and reception classes
• Supporting in the development of quality inclusive environments and practice
• Signposting to services on the Local Offer

Contact information:
Family Nurse Partnership logo
A home visiting programme for first-time young mums aged 19 and under.

A family nurse can visit you to help you have a healthy pregnancy and enjoy being the best mum you can. They will help you understand all about your pregnancy and how to care well for yourself and your baby. Your nurse will visit you during your pregnancy and then after the birth until your child is two years old.
To make a referral or find out more call 020 3771 6060, email hrch.familynursepartnership@nhs.net

Oral Health
NHS dental treatment is free for children and young people under 18 and people who meet certain criteria.

Infants should:
  • start seeing a dentist as soon after their first teeth appear
  • Visit your dentist regularly
  • Brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste - Fluoride helps to strengthen and protect teeth
  • Cut down on sugary foods and drink
Speech and language therapy for young people
Support for children and young people aged 0 to 19 years who experience difficulties with:

  • speech 
  • language
  • communication
  • swallowing
The young person can get the following services so they can develop their independence as much as possible.

  • assessment, diagnosis, therapy and management of disorders 
  • training and advice for parents, carers and professionals
  • access to professionals and voluntary organisations
The service is available for children who are registered with any Hounslow GP, or one of these three Ealing GPs:
  • Dr Mangat, The Surgery, 3-5 Cecil Road, Hounslow. TW3 1NU
  • Dr Htoo, MWH Practice, 1 Vincent Road, Hounslow, TW4 7LH
  • Dr Sandhu, 48 Berkeley Avenue, Cranford, TW4 6LA
Telephone 0808 973 3480 to discuss how to refer a child to us. Once a referral is accepted, a therapist can see the child within six weeks.  
Reach logo

We offer a cradle-to-career pipeline of support, from the antenatal stage through to early adulthood for children, young people and families living in Feltham.

We also work across early years' settings, schools and local organisations and we are currently developing an Early Learning Community in the area with Save the Children UK.

If you would like to access any of our interventions, make a referral or have any questions, please email mei.lim@reachacademy.org.uk