Starting well

All the news and publications from the Department relating to pregnancy, birth and a child’s first few years.

Change4life partners with LazyTown to reach under-fives

cartoon characters from Lazytown

Change4Life is teaming up with the popular children’s TV show, LazyTown, and its superhero Sportacus, to encourage two to five year olds to be more active and eat healthier food … Read more → – Change4life partners with LazyTown to reach under-fives

Educating health visitors for a transformed service

New guidance for education commissioners, higher education institutions and lecturers sets out the approach on aligning education with regard to provision of a transformed health visiting service. Also, it sets out a … Read more → – Educating health visitors for a transformed service

Statistical releases on breastfeeding, smoking and obesity

The Department today published the latest quarterly national statistics on: Breastfeeding initiation and prevalence at 6 to 8 weeks – Quarter 1, 2011/12 Smoking at delivery – Quarter 1, 2011/12 … Read more → – Statistical releases on breastfeeding, smoking and obesity

New health visitor taskforce

Mother with newborn baby

A new national health visitor taskforce has been created to support the government’s plans to rejuvenate the health visiting profession, recruit 4,200 new health visitors, and develop a new health … Read more → – New health visitor taskforce

A rapid review of the National Child Measurement Programme

In spring 2011, we commissioned the Thomas Coram Research Unit to undertake an independent review of the National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP). Its aim was to take stock of progress … Read more → – A rapid review of the National Child Measurement Programme

A step by step guide to making a powdered formula feed

We have produced an A4 size leaflet giving a step by step guide to making a powdered formula feed. This has been developed to help health professionals working with new … Read more → – A step by step guide to making a powdered formula feed

Consultation on the regulation of foods intended for infants and young children

The European Commission, as part of its on-going programme of simplification and reducing legislative burden, is reviewing the current framework directive on PARNUT foods or dietetic foods (Directive 2009/30/EC). PARNUT … Read more → – Consultation on the regulation of foods intended for infants and young children