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NHS Torbay health visitors & school nursing - Illness, allergy and keeping healthy


Information from common childhood illnesses, health promotion and family wellbeing, through to serious illnesses – what to look for and expect, how to manage, and when to seek help.

Will I meet my health visitor before the birth?

Your midwife will get in touch with your health visiting team and let them know you’re expecting a baby.

Find out more

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NHS Torbay health visitors & school nursing - Emotional health and wellbeing


Advice, helpful website and information to support the whole families wellbeing.

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NHS Torbay health visitors & school nursing - Teething and dental health


Poor dental hygiene affects not only your child’s teeth but also their health and wellbeing. Information and help to find local Dentists.

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NHS Torbay health visitors & school nursing - Immunistaions


Vaccines are quick, safe and very effective and help protect you, your child, and whole family from a range of potentially serious and even fatal diseases. Lots of helpful information and websites to help answer all your questions.

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NHS Torbay health visitors & school nursing - Safeguarding


Information and advice to support children in having safe, healthy and happy childhoods that help to prepare them for adult life.

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NHS Torbay health visitors & school nursing - Behaviour


Advice and support on managing behaviours in children and teenagers, common behavioural habits and difficulties, with explanations to why these behaviours often occur.

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NHS Torbay health visitors & school nursing - Child development


Advice on helping to support development for all the family. Useful links to video clips, local and national information and guidance.

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NHS Torbay health visitors & school nursing - Additional links


Helpful links and websites to support you in pregnancy

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NHS Torbay health visitors & school nursing - Starting and moving school


Information you and your children may want to know before they start or move schools including; preparation and advice; health screening programmes; and local and national guidance.

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NHS Torbay health visitors & school nursing - Toileting, wetting and soiling


Toilet training, wetting and soiling information, support and advice for all ages.

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NHS Torbay health visitors & school nursing - Child and young peoples safety


Information on keeping your young child, teenager and family safe, with links to local and national advice and videos and accessing further help

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NHS Torbay health visitors & school nursing - Special needs learning and physical disabilities


The Children’s Learning Disability Health Team offers a specialist community based service for children with a learning disability within Torbay.

Health Visitor Antenatal Visit (between 28 and 32 weeks of pregnancy)


A 0 to 19 Specialist Public Health Nurse who specialises in Health Visiting, will receive information about your pregnancy from your midwife. For your first baby you will be visited at your home and we will discuss the support we can offer you.

Who am I? Videos explaining various health professionals roles.


Have you every wondered what the different health professionals do? If so, these videos explain the various roles you might meet.

Here's a link to videos which explain health professionals roles from your health visitor to dietician to junior doctor or speech and language therapist.

Independent Visitor Service


If you are a child in care and aged 8-18, you could get an Independent Visitor. This is an adult you can talk to, trust and build a friendship with. They'll listen and support you to be the person you want to be. Monthly visits usually involve going somewhere fun, doing something you both enjoy together like playing football in a park, or going for a bite to eat together, maybe bowling, or the cinema.

Independent Visitors are volunteers and when recruited are asked to make a 2 year commitment. They receive regular supervision from The Volunteer Coordinator.

To access this service you can self-referral or a social worker, foster carer, residential staff and Independent Reviewing Officer can refer you.

Call Checkpoint on 01803 290330

Parent and Family Feedback


We would like to find out what you think about our services. This form asks you questions about the service and the support you received. Please read the questions and answer them as honestly as you can, there are no right or wrong answers. The information you give is important to us; we will only use this information to make changes to improve our service.

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Checkpoint Torbay, Independent Visitors


The independent visitor (’IV’) service pairs you and other children in care with an adult who you can trust and build a relationship with, and see once a month

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Healthy Eating & Nutrition


Here you will find useful information on breastfeeding, formula feeding, weaning and healthy eating which can be filtered to find the relevant information for your baby’s age.

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NHS Healthy Eating Teens


As a teenager, your body is going through many physical changes – changes that need to be supported by a healthy, balanced diet.   

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The early years have life-long effects on health and wellbeing. HENRY supports families to provide the best possible start in life for babies and children

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Being pregnant and having a baby is thought of as a happy and exciting time. However, for some women and new parents, it doesn't always feel this way and can be an extremely overwhelming experience.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact our lives, it’s a difficult time to be having a baby. With less support groups, increased health worries and less contact with loved ones, we're here to help you cope during this stressful transition.

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Child health clinic


We are offering appointment only clinics for people who are worried about their baby or child's development and for those that need to see a health visitor. Please give us a call or email us. Depending on your needs you will receive phone support or been seen face to face.

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Understanding your child's mental health and wellbeing, Solihull Online Course


If you are either interested or worried about your child's mental health and wellbeing, then this course is for you.

This course 'Understanding your child's mental health and wellbeing' is unusual as it introduces you to mental health and wellbeing in Part 1..., then you leave this course and complete 'Understanding your child' ...and then come back to Part 2 of this course.

If you have already completed 'Understanding your child' then you don't need to do it again (unless you want a refresh or to look at it from a different angle).

'Understanding your child' is all about the cornerstones of mental health and wellbeing. You could revisit Module 2 about Understanding your child's feelings if you would like a refresh with some examples of listening and talking with children and teenagers. Or the Module on Containment and the Module on Reciprocity.

So, complete Part 1, then complete 'Understanding your child' and then complete Part 2. You may only be interested in anxiety in Part 2, for instance, but if you also look at depression you can see how the usual way we react to events and issues in our lives can turn into difficulties for us.

Enter the code TAMAR to access it for free.

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Brook Sexual Health


Free & confidential sexual health and wellbeing experts

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Devon Sexual Health


Sexual health services that support healthy relationships and sexual well-being.

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Torbay Council Public Health


Find out the latest advice and information about Coronavirus from the Torbay Council Public Health team.

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Young Minds, mental health support


Making sure all young people get the best possible mental health support and have the resilience to overcome life's challenges.

Perinatal & Infant mental health service


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Mind, the mental health charity


When you’re living with a mental health problem, or supporting someone who is, having access to the right information – about a condition, treatment options, or practical issues – is vital. Mind can help.

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Wellbeing service


0 to 10 Torbay and South West Family Values are working together and offering free interventions with our wellbeing practitioners as part of our ongoing children’s mental health work and our response to the impact of Covid 19. If you are a parent who is worried that your child or teen is suffering from low mood or anxiety, please get in touch to see if we can help.

Children’s Wellbeing Practitioners (CWPs) provide early intervention Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for children, young people (aged 8-18) and families to help manage mild-moderate anxiety and low mood. CWPs offer guided self-help strategies to help manage these problems and stop them from developing into more severe difficulties. Throughout our sessions we will support you in learning strategies which you will then be able to take away with you and continue using after our sessions are over.

Wellbeing Practitioners can offer up to 12 sessions, which last between 30 minutes and 1 hour. This can change depending on what you need.

  • The CWP will explore with you how to understand your difficulties
  • They will help you to set goals which you will then work towards together
  • There is also between-session practice to do when learning new strategies

Some young people see us on their own and some young people come with their parents/carers. We might have our sessions on the telephone, over email, on Facetime/Zoom or face-to-face. These might be weekly, or every other week. We can also offer parent led interventions to help parents help their child with anxiety or low mood

0 to 19 Torbay CWP Wellbeing Service Referral Form.docx

0 to 19 Torbay CWP Role explained .pdf

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Hub of Hope, support for mental health concerns


The Hub of Hope is a first of its kind, national mental health database which brings together organisations and charities, large and small, from across the country who offer mental health advice and support, together in one place.

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Children's Learning Disability


We are a specialist team of Learning Disability Nurses and child Learning Disability Clinical Psychologists. We provide a community Learning Disability service providing advice and support to children, young people, and parents/carers as well as to healthcare and education professionals. Children & Family Health Devon provides the NHS Learning Disability service across Devon, including Torbay.

The service we offer includes behavioural, sleep and assessments to support continence and skills for independence with children and young people who have profound and severe levels of learning disability; working with children who have profound and severe levels of learning disability (including children with additional diagnosis such as Autism, Down’s Syndrome etc.) and supporting the development of community and school-based programmes of support. As such, we offer support both directly to children and young people with learning disabilities and indirectly in order to facilitate access to mainstream services.

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Young People's Wellbeing Drop In Sessions


We offer a weekly, safe and confidential wellbeing drop-in session in the local area for anyone aged 8 to 18 years. We can offer wellbeing advice, signpost you to services and talk about any difficulties with which you may feel you need some extra support.

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12 - 18 weeks


During your baby's reviews your health visitor will discuss your baby's health and development, and ask if you have any concerns. They talk to you about your baby’s development and signpost you to helpful information, support and guidance.

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Learn how YOU can support your self-harming child's healing


Are You Looking To Support Your Child Back To Health And Happiness.... But Need Help & Support

Being the parent of self-harming child is devastating and complex. You are most likely in one of the most painful and difficult periods of your life.

I know how you feel.

I want to assure you that you're not alone.

You'll desperately want to do EVERYTHING possible to support your child through this crisis, but there's a strong chance you are feeling:

  • UNPREPARED - with no relevant experience or training
  • FROZEN - unsure how to move forward
  • DISCONNECTED - from your child who may be unwilling to accept help
  • ANGRY - at how teachers and schools etc have let your child down
  • GUILTY - wondering if you could have prevented this
  • FEARFUL - of how this situation could escalate

Most likely, you'll have reached out to your doctor, CAMHS or a healthcare professional to support your child's recovery.

  • To help them rediscover their smile, self-worth and confidence.
  • To get them back-on-track and realise their full potential in life.


  • You may have a long wait for your child's first CAMHS appointment.
  • You may have been told that your child's case isn't critical enough for CAMHS support.
  • You simply feel there is more YOU could do.
Our services for you and your baby

We have many services to support you with your new baby. These include visits from one of our health professionals, our new My developing baby group, child health clinic, baby massage and lots more.

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When baby arrives (10-14 days following delivery)


Your health visitor will visit you again at your home and share information around feeding, safe sleeping and caring for your baby. We’ll review your baby’s development and discuss how you’re feeling and any extra help you may need.

Solihull Understanding your baby course


This course gives parents information about their baby’s brain development and their baby’s physical and emotional development. It shows how important their relationship with their baby is for the baby’s development.

It integrates the traditional information given on a postnatal course with this new approach to developing your relationship with the baby. It looks at the baby’s sleeping, feeding, crying, playing and childcare options.

The course was developed by Health Visitors working with health professionals in the Solihull Approach team. Enter the code TAMAR, fill in a few details to create an account. You can then sign in to your course.

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Learning to talk


Learning to talk for 2 - 3 year olds

You and your child will see a member of your health visiting team at about 2 to 2-and-a-half years to talk about your child’s development. If your child goes to nursery, they will also have a progress review with their key worker.

If your child needs a little extra support, your health visitor and nursery can help. They may also put you in touch with a speech and language therapy team, or signpost you to local activities.

What support will I receive after my baby is born?

The next time you’ll see your public health nurse (health visitor) will be when your baby is between 10 and 14 days old, when you’ll receive a home visit.

Find out more

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Understanding pregnancy, labour, birth and your baby online Solihull Course


The Solihull Approach online antenatal course has exactly the same content as the antenatal class. It is written by midwives, health visitors and clinical psychologists. There are videos and quizzes. You can be confident that you are learning the key info about pregnancy, labour and birth. You are getting ready to meet your baby.

This course is for pregnant mums, fathers, partners, grandparents and anyone else who will be involved with the baby. Enter the code TAMAR, fill in a few details to create an account. You can then sign in to your course.

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Solihull Parenting Course


The Solihull Approach Parenting Group emphasises the need for emotional containment and the presence of a reciprocal relationship. This enables parents to think, within the group and at home, about sensitive and effective approaches to behaviour management. It also empowers parents, to build on their existing skills and develop a way of thinking to solve difficulties in the future.

This is an 11 week course and can be accessed via a referral from a professionals such as your health visitor or you can self refer.

Call us on 01803 210200 or email torbayChildrensCentres@actionforchildren.org.uk

Aged 11-19


We will support your child in a range of ways: emotional health, weight management, healthy relationships ensuring those with long term illnesses and other needs get extra support when needed. We help young people throughout their school life to reach their full potential.

What is jaundice?

Jaundice describes a yellow tinge to the skin and to the whites of the eyes.

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Aged 8-12 months and 2-2½ years


We offer developmental reviews for your baby/child at both these ages. These will usually take place either in your home or at one of our children's centres by a 0 to19 Family Health Worker.

We will talk to you about how your baby/child is growing and developing. We’ll share information about oral health, healthy eating, vision, hearing, language development and keeping your child safe. At the 2 – 2 ½ year development review we’ll also discuss good sleeping habits, toilet training, speech and communicating with others.

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NHS Alcohol


Find out what impact your drinking can have on your health.

Torbay CAMHs


The Torbay Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service provides emotional and mental health assessment and treatment to children, young people, aged 0-18 years, and their families/carers within Torbay.

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NHS eat well


Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.

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When you move into the Torbay area


You will be offered a health screening for any child or young person who has recently moved into Torbay. During the screening process each individual is offered a hearing assessment and height and weight check. A holistic health and care assessment of need will be carried out with you to see if a referral or sign posting to support is required.

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NHS Vaccinations


You’ll find all the information you need about which vaccinations your baby will be offered and when in the Red Book (your child’s personal health record)

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Torbay and South Devon NHS Trust


Information from healthy eating in pregnancy, to breast and formula feeding, complimentary feeding (weaning), and healthy eating for the whole family.



Daddilife - A Parenting Website For Dads

Daddilife. A parenting website for dads which includes advice, tips and help on family, health, lifestyle and much more.

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The Lullaby Trust


Support for families and expert advice on safer sleep for babies and emotional support for bereaved families.

Our safer sleep advice gives simple steps for how you can sleep your baby to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) which is commonly known as cot death. It can give you the peace of mind to enjoy this special time.

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Change for Life


Fun ideas to help your kids stay healthy

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Change for life


Fun ideas to help your kids stay healthy

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British nutrition foundation


Find advice and tips on how to put healthy eating and an active lifestyle into practice, for life.

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Start 4 Life, pregnancy


Whatever you want to know about being pregnant, from early pregnancy signs to which prenatal vitamins you should take, you should find it here. There's an essential guide and lots of free tools for having a healthy, happy baby.

What is the newborn blood spot test?

When your baby is about five days old, the midwife will offer you a screening test called the newborn blood spot screen (sometimes known as a heel prick test).

Find out more

Kooth. Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people


XenZone is a provider of online mental health services for children, young people and adults. Kooth, from XenZone, is an online counselling and emotional well-being platform for children and young people, accessible through mobile, tablet and desktop and free at the point of use.

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Aged 4-5


We will take your child’s height and weight an undertake vision screening. Usually this will take place in your child’s school when they are in reception and you will receive a letter about it. Prior to your child starting primary school we will send you a questionnaire. It will ask questions about your child’s health to see if there is any support you or your child may need.

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National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP)


The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) measures the height and weight of children in Reception and Year 6 in schools across England. The information collected allows services to plan how to support families to lead healthy lives.

What Happens in Torbay?

A specially trained member of the Healthy Child Programme will attend your child’s school to carry out the measurements.

  • The measurements are completed sensitively and in private. Your child is not told the results.
  • The results are kept confidential and are not shared with any teachers or other children.
  • You will be sent a letter if your child’s body mass index (BMI) centile, is not in the healthy range. This letter includes next steps with links to helpful information.
  • You are given the opportunity to opt your child out of the NCMP. Information about how to opt out are given in a letter or email from your child's school. 

Who can help?

If you are concerned about your child’s weight or eating habits and feel you need support, you can contact the Healthy Child Programme by calling 0300 333 5352 . Our opening hours are 8am-6pm Monday-Friday (excluding bank holidays)

Alternatively you can go to see your GP to discuss concerns.

NCMP pre-measurement leaflet

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Torbay Wellbeing Service


The 0 to 19 Torbay Emotional Health and Wellbeing Service provides low level mental health support to children and young people aged 8 to 18 years though our child wellbeing practitioners.

Torbay wellbeing service is a partnership between 0to19 Torbay, Checkpoint, South West family Values, Young Devon and Imagine This. Our Wellbeing Service provides a range of services that are designed to help you with your practical issues: offering various groups, drop-ins and individual information, advice and guidance.

For more information, download the leaflet here. To access the service please complete the enquiry form. Once we have received this the young person will be contact by one of the team to find out more about them to ensure we offer the right support for them.

Torbay's Young People's Wellbeing Service

Torbay's Young Peoples Wellbeing Service Enquiry Form

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Your red book


All pregnant women will receive a personal child health record (PCHR), also known as the ‘red book’, and our antenatal pack. This details the support we can provide you and useful information before your child is born along with how to get in touch with us. You can use your red book to record your child’s weight and height, vaccinations and other important information. If you have given us your email address we will send you information and advice to support you and your partner while you are pregnant.

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Infant Feeding


We offer support with breastfeeding and infant feeding to make healthy eating choices. Understanding of attachment and bonding. Contact our advice line or our Facebook page Torbay Infant Feeding

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Talkworks Torbay


Improving your mental and physical wellbeing

TALKWORKS are there to help you feel better about life, and to help you feel like yourself again. Their service is for people aged 18+. Whether you’re dealing with an overwhelming life event, feeling like you’re stuck in a rut that you can’t get out of, having sleepless nights or living with a long term health condition that leaves you struggling to cope, we are here to help.

Please be assured that accessing TALKWORKS is simple and easy. They have short waiting times for you to be seen for your first appointment, and a range of approaches and talking therapies for you to try, to see what works best for you.

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Baby Massage


Baby massage is a short course for parents where you can learn how to massage different parts of your baby's body.

Massage can help your baby with the symptoms of colic, aid digestion and regulate their sleep. It is also a great way to relax, have fun and spend quality time together using music, simple songs and nursery rhymes.

This course is suitable for babies between the ages of 3 - 6 months old. As with all of courses there is no charge. At the moment we can only offer baby massage to new mums whose health professional has referred them.

Solihull Understanding your child online course


An Online course for parents of children aged 6 months to 18 years. The first online course for parents to be awarded the Government’s CANparent Quality Mark. Developed by the Solihull Approach team; health professionals working together with parents and practitioners.

For curious parents, for Dads who want to be the best Dads they can be, for Mums who want to be the best Mums they can be. Over 90% of parents think that a parenting course would be useful.

The course can be done at a time and place to suit family life, just enter the code TAMAR, fill in a few details to create an account. You can then sign in to your course.

Family Support for those with a child under five years


A one to one support service that responds to the individual needs of the family; the child is at the centre of all activities/interventions.

We aims to

  • Enable families to build resilience/confidence to cope with family/life difficulties.
  • Support families with significant/severe or complex needs.
  • Give guidance to families who are experiencing stressful events, conflict or are at crisis point.
  • Support those with adult mental/physical health that impact on children.
  • Support families with history of domestic violence or substance abuse which is impacting on the children.

Some of the activities we can help with are:

  • Daily routines and family organisation.
  • Budgeting and healthy eating.
  • Support in accessing appropriate services or universal activities.
  • Support parents to complete forms and applications.
  • Positive behaviour management strategies.
  • Establishing positive and secure relationships.
  • Understanding children’s social, emotional and developmental needs.
  • Developing supportive family and social networks.
  • To raise aspirations and contributions into the community.
  • Attendance at child in need, child protection and core group meetings supporting the needs of the child.

This is a targeted service and we only take referrals from the Early Help Panel.

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Parent Talk


Down-to-earth parenting advice you can trust. We’re on hand to support parents, when you need us. Browse our articles on the most common parenting questions from our experts. Or talk one-to-one with a qualified parenting coach about anything that’s worrying you. It’s all free, and no topic is too big, small, or embarrassing.

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Our child’s development


Every child is unique and develops differently. Each will struggle with different things. While some seem to breeze through life and school, others can find certain things very difficult. This can come out in their behaviour and it can be hard for families and schools to know the best way to support them. There is never a simple explanation for why a child is struggling. Often it is a matter of trial and error to find out what works and setting realistic expectations for each individual child.

This “First Steps” booklet is for those caring for a child with development needs. It is a record and a guide.

As a record it is for you to hold, keep updated and share with anyone involved. Recording needs and discussing them as a family might be enough, but if you need further help (from school, friends or health professionals) you can share what you like from this booklet. This way everyone is kept on track, and you will not have to keep repeating your story.

As a guide, it takes you through a comprehensive assessment of your child. You can then focus on areas of need using the initial tips in each section, seeking help from appropriate professionals if required.

First Steps Booklet

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My Developing Toddler Group


A weekly session with a rolling programme of development and behaviour support for parents.

Each week we focus on a different area of your toddlers development including

  • General development/Speech, language and communication
  • Sleep
  • Toilet training
  • Managing children’s emotions
  • Dummy use and/or dental info
  • Healthy Lifestyles

Book on for a limited number of families in line with COVID 19 safer measures of working and government guidelines.

Breast Pump Hire


Torbay children’s centres loan out electronic breast pumps free to low income parents or £30 per month including a £10 refundable deposit.

Breastpumps can

  • Support & sustain breastfeeding.
  • Encourage breastfeeding for more than 6 months.
  • Support bonding between infants and mothers.
  • Improve the health of mothers and infants.

Loaning out the breast pumps; includes pump and a non-returnable collection set. Each pump is cleaned after each hire to prevent cross contamination. Registration is completed (if required) before each hire. Liability form is completed for each hire, to cover non-returned or damaged pumps.

Call us on 01803 210200 or email Torbay Children's Centre

How can I help my child sleep?

Sleep difficulties in primary aged children are very common.

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