Healthy Child Programme | Training for healthcare professionals
Multi-professional training in child health
The Healthy Child Programme is a high-quality learning resource for healthcare practitioners who care for young children under the age of five. It is ideally suited to health visitors, nurses, midwives, general practitioners, paediatricians, obstetricians, dieticians and speech/language therapists.
A comprehensive course for health visitors, doctors and nurses globally
The programme covers a wide range of topics, including health promotion, common health issues, positive parenting, development and behaviour, language and safeguarding. The learning content is highly engaging, with animations, videos, case studies and questions to help stimulate reflective thinking and support your learning. There are also links to further recommended reading resources.
Convenient, easy access
Developed in the UK, the programme has been written by a team of authors and editors drawn from across the healthcare professions. Accessible online, the course material can be used in conjunction with the other programmes in the Healthy Child 0-18 Series: the Healthy School Child Programme (5 to 12 years) and the Adolescent Health Programme (13 to 18 years).
This high-quality resource has been developed by leading child health experts in the UK. Accessible online, it is an ideal learning resource for busy healthcare professionals.
Lisa Bayliss-Pratt, Director of Nursing, Health Education England
Module 1 – Healthy Child Programme Basics
This module introduces you to the Healthy Child Programme and the background and philosophies behind it. This includes:
- an overview of the preventive child health programme adopted in England
- screening and developmental surveillance
- health promotion
- parental support
- leadership, monitoring and quality within the programme.
Module 2 – Communication, Record Keeping and Inter-professional Working
These sessions provide guidance on keeping good records in practice to promote effective communication and inter-professional working. There is also useful information on the Personal Child Health Record.
Module 3 – Family Health
This modules provides resources on the health of the family. Topics include:
- the role of the father
- the socio-emotional environment
- hard-to-reach families
- child resilience
Module 4 – Safeguarding
This module builds upon existing safeguarding materials, providing additional learning sessions on vulnerable children (including looked-after children) to provide support in this challenging area of practice.
Module 5 – Positive Parenting and Parenting Issues
This module looks at how factors such as attachment and well-being, parenting support and parental relationships affect the health of the child.
Module 6 – Development and Behaviour
Child development in the first five years of life is a critical time for any family. These sessions review early child development and include guidance on dealing with challenges around feeding, sleeping and toileting, as well as common emotional and behavioural problems.
Module 7 – Speech Language and Communication Needs
This module focuses on the development of a child's communication skills. Topics covered include typical and atypical development, bilingualism and social aspects of communication.
Module 8 – Growth and Nutrition
From pre-pregnancy through to adulthood, nutrition plays a vital role in healthy development. Focusing on the first five years of life, this module offers guidance on:
- growth and growth charts
- the social context of food
- obesity in the early years
Module 9 – Immunisation
These sessions provide guidance for healthcare professionals who work with families, specifically providing advice and information on immunisation.
Module 10 – Health Promotion
This module explores health promotion from the start in pregnancy through to the first five years of life. Topics covered include:
- mental health
- substance misuse
- dental health
- injury prevention
Module 11 – Screening
Screening forms a key part of the Healthy Child Programme. This module outlines the importance of screening and describes the timeline for screening in the first five years of life.
Module 12 – Health Visiting Model of Practice
This session forms the first stage of developing a model of practice for health professionals and families.
Relevant to all healthcare professionals who work with children globally
Comprehensive training that covers all aspects of child health
Developed by leading child health experts in the UK