There is a range of support available for parents in Newcastle, through pregnancy and the birth of your child up to school age. Find help with common parental concerns and details of local services here.

Pregnancy, breastfeeding and early years

NHS Choices for whatever you want to know about getting pregnant, being pregnant or caring for your new baby.

Start4Life for healthy tips and advice for pregnant women, new mums, dads-to-be, friends and family  

For advice and support on breastfeeding, talk to your midwife or health visitor, or call the National Breastfeeding Helpline on 0300 100 0212. You can also visit our online service directory to find peer support groups in your area.

Healthy Start for families on certain benefits can get free milk, fruit and vegetables with Healthy Start vouchers.

Sure Start Children's Centres  for parents of children under five; advice, support and information on all aspects of parenting.

Health visiting and School Health

Newcastle Hospitals - We’re working with families to support children and young people's development from 0-19 years old.

National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) - As part of the NCMP children are weighed and measured at school. The information is used by the NHS to plan and provide better health services for children.

Medication in schools - What you must do if your child needs to take medicine during school hours.

School meals - School catering in Newcastle, including the latest school menus.

Family Health

Visit NHS Choices for a number of self-assessment tools to support your family’s health.  

Healthy eating and physical activity - Eat well, move more, live longer - find out how you can make changes to give you and your family a healthy, happy future. 

Change4Life in Newcastle - Offering opportunities for children and families to eat healthily, have fun and take part in more exercise together. Activities run in the east and west end of the city. Change4Life East phone 0191 276 0595 and Change4Life West phone 0191 272 4244

On The Go is our healthy lifestyle programme for five to 16 year olds and their families. It’s all about getting families more active and choosing healthier options when it comes to mealtimes. All the sessions are fun and friendly and take place in handy local venues across Newcastle.

Teenage years - Concerned about drugs and alcohol, bullying or talking to your child about sex and pregnancy? Visit NHS Choices  

Good mental health 

Did you know that you can talk to your health visitor or school nurse about emotional or behavioural issues.

There’s also a number of local services that can help.

Streetwise – offers free, friendly, confidential advice and support for young people aged 13 -25.

WEYES, the West End Youth Enquiry Service – offers a free and confidential service for young people aged 11 – 25, who live, work or attend education in the West End of Newcastle

Northumberland, Tyne & Wear (NTW) Children and Young People’s service for 0 –18 year olds (self-referrals can be made)

If you’re worried about a child, you can also find useful information on NHS Choices.

Local services - Family Services Directory 

For a range of local services offering information, advice and support:

  • Activities for babies and toddlers
  • Baby development
  • Baby safety
  • Breastfeeding and feeding
  • Immunisations
  • Sleep routine 
Page last updated: 
5 June 2015
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