Healthy Early Years
A parent’s guide from birth to five


Being a parent is a wonderful and rewarding experience. We want to help you enjoy parenting and we will support you during times when you may need a bit of extra help or advice.

This website has been put together by NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group and Calderdale Council who would like to thank members of the public and local organisations for their input. We are working together to improve the lives of all children and their families in Calderdale.

Working in partnership, we are able to offer advice about common health issues as well as social and emotional wellbeing alongside more specialised care in a much more coordinated way. There is of course specialist support if your child needs it, but there is so much you, as a parent or carer can do to promote a healthy lifestyle early on, and in turn help prevent your child from becoming unwell or unhealthy in the first place.

This website promotes wellbeing and healthy lifestyles right from the start. Every parent or carer wants to know how to have a healthy pregnancy and what to do when a child is ill - use this resource to learn how to care for your child at home, when to call your GP, when to discuss with your health visitor or pharmacist and when to contact the emergency services. Most issues your child will experience are part of growing up and are often helped by talking to your health visitor or GP.

If you are worried you must get further advice - you know your child best - trust your instincts.