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Introducing solids


Starting your baby on solid foods. Introducing your baby to solid foods, also referred to as weaning or complementary feeding, starts when your baby is around 6 months old.

Your baby should be introduced to a varied diet, alongside their usual breast milk or first infant formula. Download the introducing solids leaflet here. Introducing solids

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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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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.

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Behaviour and learning


Parent power. Find resources to support your child’s personal development.

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Beat eating disorders


Information and advice if you or someone you know things they might have an eating disorder.

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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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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.
Why does my baby need a hearing test just after birth?

The newborn hearing screening test helps identify babies who have permanent hearing loss as early as possible.

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Speech and Communication


Find out how you can help your child's language and reading skills and communciation milestones.



BookTrust supports children and families to experience the joy of reading

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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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Christians Against Poverty


CAP can help if you are struggling with debt or unemployment, need some help breaking free from habits or learning new life skills.

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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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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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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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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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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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Paignton Library Code Club


Code Club, is an opportunity for all children to learn to code, no matter who they are or where they come from. We work with a global community of volunteers, educators, and partners to run free coding clubs where 9 to 13-year-olds build and share their ideas.

We believe in learning through making, and our coding projects offer young people plenty of opportunities to be creative and to share their creations with each other.

The projects introduce coding concepts one by one and let young people progressively build their knowledge and is run with the Raspberry Pi foundation charity.

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Understanding your child with additional needs, Solihull online course


This online course is for parents with a child with additional needs. It is for parents, relatives and friends of children who may have a physical or learning disability or who may have autistic traits. In the UK, you may be within the SEND (Special educational needs and disability) system. Some parents describe their child as differently abled, or neuroatypical.

This course is in 2 sections. Level 1 lays the foundation for understanding your child. Level 2 looks at some particular aspects of parenting: sleeping and anger management, together with more about how we interact with each other. Understanding this can make it easier to work with your child's behaviour as well as supporting their development. Once you finish Level 1 you can progress to Level 2 if you'd like to.

To access this course for free, just enter the code TAMAR.

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

How do I keep my child safe online?

More and more learning and play is online, but you need to keep your child safe when the internet and technology is developing at such a continued fast pace.

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