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Birth to Five (2009 edition)

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    29 October 2009
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A key Department of Health publication, Birth to Five has been revised and will be given free to all parents in England. The book is extremely popular and a trusted authority on all aspects of early years. By providing in-depth support, useful contact information and advice on rights and benefits, the book is an excellent addition to the support provided by the health visiting team. The book’s content has been updated to reflect new policies, changing social trends and advice and guidance. The design has been modernised to reflect a more contemporary style. Birth to Five gives parents information on:

  • becoming a parent
  • taking care of yourself and your child
  • finding practical help and support

Birth to Five aims to:

  • introduce parents to the Healthy Child Programme for the first years of life, explaining issues like immunisation as part of the universal service provided for all children
  • provide a guide to the early years of life, ensuring mother, her partner and baby have support throughout this time
  • explain, in an encouraging and engaging manner, the different aspects of the first five years of life, ensuring optimal health and wellbeing of all involved
  • reinforce and act as an addition to the advice from midwives and health visitors, ensuring they have support in their profession.

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