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Babies and Children - For Parents
- Healthy Babies / Healthy Children Program

Healthy Babies Healthy Children is a free, voluntary program across Ontario. It is for pregnant moms, their partners, and families with young children up until they start school. Public Health Nurses and Family Home Visitors can provide support, resources, and connect families with community programs to help families get the best start possible.

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Healthy Babies Healthy Children Services:



Prenatal

Having a baby can be both an exciting and challenging time and you may have a lot of questions. Learning about how your baby grows and develops can prepare you for your baby's arrival. Ontario's Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program provides home visits by a public health nurse and home visitors, who can help answer those questions, and support you during your pregnancy and birth. The Pregnancy section of our website has more great resources and services.

 


After your Baby is Born

A public health nurse will phone you in the first 48 hours after you go home from the hospital, or after your baby’s birth at home, and may offer to come to your home for a visit.

The public health nurse will answer your questions and offer support to help you adjust to life with your newborn. She will also give you information about community resources for parents with young children.

 


Home Visiting Program

When a family wants more support, the Healthy Babies Healthy Children staff can work with the family to help their child develop in a healthy way. A Public Health Nurse and Family Home Visitor will visit a family in their home to answer questions about a lot of parenting topics, including:

  • Breastfeeding

  • Healthy eating for infants and children

  • Fun ways to help your child develop and learn new skills

  • How to keep your child safe inside your home and outside

  • How children learn through playing

  • The importance of learning in the child’s first six years

  • Community resources for parents and families with children up to the age of 6 years



Early Identification

As a parent, you know your child better than anyone else. It is important to monitor your child’s growth and development and ask for help when you have concerns. The Nipissing District Developmental Screen is an easy way to follow your child’s development from their first month to age six. You can sign up at http://www.endds.ca/ to receive developmental checklists and activities to help your child learn and grow.

Eighteen months is a milestone in a child’s development and a visit to a family physician or other health care provider at this time is important. The 18 month Well-Baby visit is an extended visit with your family doctor, or primary health care provider that will discuss your child’s development. The visit also allows early identification of any concerns and a referral to specialized community services, if necessary, for your child.

For more information please contact your primary health care provider, or visit the following websites:

 


School Readiness

Many parents look at their 3-year-old child and say “I can’t believe he will be starting school in a year”. They wonder if their child will have problems getting used to kindergarten.

Thinking about your child’s school readiness well before he is registered for school gives you a wonderful opportunity to look at what he is able to do for himself. This also allows time to let him practice the skills that will help him once in school.

The Health Unit has information about child growth and development, school readiness and community resources. The Health Unit can give you a checklist so that you can see if your child is able to do the activities that most children the same age are doing. We can also suggest ways how you can help your child develop the skills that will help him/her be school ready.

When will I be ready to start school?

You can help me be ready for school. It’s easy!



  • Let me do things by myself, like putting on my coat & shoes and tidying up my stuff.

  • Read me books, sound out the letters & sing songs with me.

  • Take me places, like the park, the library and playgroups.

  • Ask me what I saw & listen to what I tell you.

  • Let me play with a bunch of other kids.

  • Let me make simple choices.

  • Let me visit my school so I can see where I’m going.

  • Help me recognize my name when I see it printed.

  • Praise me along the way.

School Readiness includes being able to...

  • get dressed with help

  • go to the bathroom

  • open lunch items

  • be away from you

  • ask for help

  • share & take turns with other children

  • follow routines

  • communicate so a teacher & other students can understand

  • listen & follow directions

  • understand basic safety rules

  • feel good about trying new things

  • take part in group activities


For more information about the Healthy Babies Healthy Children program you can contact:




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