A Parent’s Guide

Common childhood illnesses & well-being
Children aged 0 - 4

Useful contacts

Useful contacts

Local contacts

Southend Information Point
For a range of local family support
networks, health providers and
social activities in Southend.
01702 215007
www.southendinfopoint.org

A Better Start Southend Southend
Supporting from pregnancy to a child's fourth birthday,
the programme focuses on six Southend wards
to develop and test new ideas to help ensure
Southend’s children and families have
the best possible start in life.
abetterstart@southend.gov.uk
www.abetterstartsouthend.co.uk

Breastfeeding Support
There are infant feeding support
groups throughout Southend.
Speak to your midwife, health
visitor or children’s centre for more
information.
www.southendinfopoint.org

Child Health Clinics
Ask your GP or contact your local
children’s centre to find out about
baby clinics.
www.southendinfopoint.org

Children’s Centres
If you need parenting support,
social support, job centre advice,
food bank or baby bank, pop into
your local children’s centre - they
provide you with support or point
you in the right direction of local
services to help you.
To find your nearest children’s centre visit
www.southendinfopoint.org

Healthwatch Southend
Make sure your views on local
health and social care are heard.
01702 356066
info@healthwatchsouthend.co.uk
www.healthwatchsouthend.co.uk

Free Two Year Old Education
Some two-year-olds in Southend
can get up to 15 hours a week of
free early education and childcare.
Your child will get to make new
friends, try different activities, learn
through play and have fun. To find
out if you are eligible and to apply,
visit www.southend.gov.uk

National contacts

Child Accident Prevention Trust
020 7608 3828
www.capt.org.uk

Cry-sis
08451 228 669
www.cry-sis.org.uk

Diabetes UK
www.diabetes.org.uk

Family Lives
0808 800 2222
www.familylives.org.uk

Foreign and Commonwealth Office
If you are at risk of FGM.
020 7008 1500

La Leche League GB
0845 120 2918 available 24 hours 7 days a week.
www.laleche.org.uk

National Breastfeeding Network Helpline
0300 100 0212, 9.30am-9.30pm
www.breastfeedingnetwork.org.uk

National Childbirth Trust
0300 330 0700 8am-10pm 7 days a week.
www.nct.org.uk

National Domestic Violence Helpline
0808 2000 247
www.nationaldomesticviolencehelpline.org.uk

Netmums
Parenting advice and information.
www.netmums.com

NHS Information Service for Parents
www.nhs.uk/start4life