West Northumberland
Early Help and Children’s Centres

West Northumberland
Early Help and Children's Centres

Family Health and Wellbeing


Children’s Centres work closely with the Infant Feeding Coordinator to promote and support Breastfeeding.
It’s good to find out as much as you can about breastfeeding before the birth. Knowing what to expect should help you feel as confident as possible when you’ve just given birth and want to breastfeed your baby. http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/pregnancy-and-baby/Pages/breastfeeding-first-days.aspx

Your local midwife or health visitor should be your first point of contact if you need more information and advice about Breastfeeding. They will be able to put you in touch with a Breastfeeding Peer Supporter or more specialist support if needed.

There is a wealth of support available online and the The National Breastfeeding helpline 0300 100 0212 , is a great service for those who prefer to speak to someone over the phone.

All Sure Start Children’s Centres are Unicef and Baby Friendly and can be a great place to practise feeding out and about in the first few weeks and months.

Dental Health

Keep your teeth and gums as healthy as possible and keep visits to the dentist to a minimum. From brushing their first tooth to the first trip to the dentist, know how to care for your child’s teeth. http://www.nhs.uk/livewell/dentalhealth/Pages/Dentalhome.aspx

Speech and Language

Children’s Centre Early Years Practitioners are skilled in providing key play activities to develop your child’s speech development. Come to a LTTP sessions to find out how you can help your child and talk to one of our Early Years Practitioners. If you are more concerned and need more specialist help contact your health visitor, talk to your child’s nursery or school and ask for a referral to Northumberland Speech and Language service.

See below for top 10 tips to develop talking
Ten top tips for developing talking

Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse is any kind of threatening behaviour, violence, or abuse between people who have been intimate partners or family members. This includes forced marriage, abuse relating to gender identity or sexuality and so-called honour based violence. Domestic abuse can occur between current or former intimate partners, in the home, or in the family.

Domestic abuse can take many forms, including psychological, physical, sexual, financial and emotional abuse.

You may be experiencing domestic abuse if you say yes to one or more of the following questions;
Does your partner, ex-partner, or a family member:

  • Call you names, threaten to ‘out’ you, or use put-downs?
  • Use your gender or sexuality as a basis for threats or harm?
  • Damage your property?
  • Threaten to harm you or others that you love?
  • Control your access to money?
  • Make unwanted advances or force you into unwanted sexual contact?
  • Hit, shove, grab, kick, throw things, or use other forms of physical violence on you?
  • Control your contact with friends, family, work, or the LGBT ‘scene’?
  • Threaten to harm themselves if you leave or seek help?

Please see links below for further information, or click here which will direct you to the Early Help Section of the website


Helpful websites

http://www.nda.services/ (for men and women)



http://www.refuge.org.uk/get-help-now/ (for men, women and children)

http://new.mankind.org.uk/ (for men)

http://www.gracenrc.org.uk/ (for women and teenagers)



Useful Apps

Baby Buddy App

Baby Buddy is our free AXA PPP and RCM Midwifery award-winning mobile phone app for parents-to-be and new parents.

Baby Buddy is a personal baby expert who will guide you through your pregnancy and the first six months of your baby’s life. It has been designed to help you give your baby the best start in life and support your health and wellbeing.

Baby Buddy has been created with mums, midwives and doctors, so you can be sure that the information is reliable, accurate, and is available 24 hours a day.

Click below to download the free app.

Baby Buddy App- https://www.bestbeginnings.org.uk/baby-buddy


Healthy lifestyle for you and your Family, download the change4life app now to make smart food choices on the go

British Red Cross

The unique free app delivers real-time alerts, severe weather warnings and practical advice in an emergency

Click below to download the app for free
First Aid by British Red Cross- http://www.redcross.org.uk/emergencyapp