Sure Start Children's Centres are at the heart of Every Child Matters, which aims to improve outcomes for children and families.

Health professionals are the first point of contact with parents, even before their child's birth. They are in a unique position to influence parenting practices and promote healthy lifestyles.

This leaflet provides hints and tips on how Sure Start Children's Centres can work with health workers to meet shared goals. Areas covered include breastfeeding, smoking cessation, reducing obesity, child safety, post natal depression and helping children with disabilities.


  • Working together
  • Childhood obesity
  • Smoking cessation
  • Encouraging breastfeeding
  • Perfect partners
  • Ideas for inclusion
  • Diary of a health visitor