Health

Knowsley Early Years Service work closely with the Universal Child Health Service and other Midwifery and ‘Healthy Knowsley’ partners. Some of the ways we work together include:

  • Staff and volunteers promote Knowsley Early Years Service in your local baby club.
  • We carry out visits to families who have not had their 12 month assessment with a Health Visitor.
  • The Healthy Knowsley Team visit all of our Baby Massage sessions to ensure families have update information on health and wellbeing.
  • We signpost and refer to a number of services to ensure families have the support they need, including Knowsley’s Stop Smoking Service, infant feeding support, Midwifery and the Building Attachments and Bonds Service (BABS).
  • Baby Boxes are provided within our centres during pregnancy.
  • We sit on a number of Public Health strategy groups to help inform the work happening in Knowsley to support families, on topics including oral health, sexual health, breastfeeding and obesity.
  • We have a number of infant feeding workshops and breastfeeding support groups throughout our centres – check out the timetable for more dates or take a look at the Breastfeeding Support Teams website

Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s language experiences between birth and age three have a major impact on their future life chances. Language skills are essential for children to develop and reach their potential as language is the foundation for all relationships and learning.

Knowsley Early Years Service contribute to the Healthy Child Language Pathway working with children 0-3 years. The 6 week course will support your child’s language development and assess their needs. During this course your child will be observed by a Speech and Language Therapist. The programme is here to support parents support their children to develop their language and communication.

The language pathway is split into age and needs of child, your child may be referred from their Health visitor at their development check appointment or if you have a concern you can speak to a children’s centre practitioner who will advise or you can self-refer.

The language pathway looks like this:

Service Request Form

Sleep Support

Does your child struggle with their bedtime routine, waking frequently throughout the night, suffering with nightmares or night terrors or refuse to go to sleep in their own cot/bed?

If you answered yes to any of the above, support is on offer with your local Knowsley Early Years Service team which could support you to overcome any sleep problem, therefore support you & your child in developing healthy sleep habits. If you would like to know more about the support we can offer then either call one of our centres or complete this Service Request Form

Alternatively, check out Knowsley’s ‘Sleep Well’ guidance for parents with children in three different age groups; under ones, one to five years and five to 12 years.