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World Immunisation Week 2019

World Immunisation Week 2019

The World Health Organisation is launching World Immunisation Week (24 - 30 April) to promote the crucial role of vaccines in preventing serious diseases and protecting life.

The first 1000 days of life, from conception to age two, are now recognised as a critical period in which the future health and social outcomes for a child may be affected. A child’s health and development may be influenced during this time by parental choices regarding health; including whether or not a child is vaccinated.

In support of this campaign, Healthy Peterborough are launching a local social media awareness campaign, #VaccinesWork, to promote the safety and effectiveness of vaccinations and to encourage parents and carers to check their personal health record (red book), make sure their child is up to date with their vaccinations and make an appointment with their GP for any missed vaccinations.

For further information, please read how Childhood imms protects against 17 vaccine preventable diseases.

Childhood imms protects against 17 vaccine preventable diseases

Research from around the world shows that immunisation is the safest way to protect your child’s health.

Parents often have questions about why their baby or child needs to be vaccinated, especially when we don’t hear about the diseases their child is being vaccinated against.

It is because of the effective immunisation programmes in the UK, the number of children catching serious diseases is now very low. But if children do not continue to be immunised, the diseases will come back.

Diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, measles, mumps, rubella, influenza… these are just some of the serious infectious diseases your baby and child will be protected from through vaccination, before they start school.

Although vaccine preventable diseases such as diphtheria and measles have become uncommon in the UK, the bugs that cause them continue to circulate in some parts of the world. In today’s highly inter-connected world, these bugs can cross geographical borders and cause disease in people who are not protected. This can cause the re-emergence of these diseases. In choosing to vaccinate you are protecting your child and those around your child.

Vaccines are routinely offered to everyone in the UK free of charge on the NHS. Try to have your vaccinations delivered on time to ensure protection. If you're not going to be able to get to the GP surgery when a vaccination is due, talk to your doctor, as it may be possible to arrange to have the vaccination at a different time. If you've missed a vaccination it is possible to catch up.

How do vaccines work?
Vaccines contain a small part of the bacterium or virus that causes a disease, or tiny amounts of the chemicals the bacterium produces. Vaccines work by causing the body’s immune system to make antibodies. If your child comes into contact with the infection, the antibodies will recognise it and be ready to protect him or her. Because vaccines have been used so successfully in the UK, diseases such as polio have disappeared from this country.

How do we know that vaccines are safe?
Before a vaccine is allowed to be used, its safety and effectiveness have to be thoroughly tested. After they have been licensed, vaccine safety continues to be monitored. Any rare side effects that are discovered can then be assessed further. All medicines can cause side effects, but vaccines are among the very safest.

Will there be any side effects from the vaccines?
Any side effects that occur are usually mild. Your child may get a little redness, swelling or tenderness at the injection site, which will disappear on its own. Some children may get a fever that can be treated with paracetamol liquid. Read the instructions on the bottle carefully and give your child the correct dose for their age. A second dose four to six hours later, may be needed. If your child’s temperature is still high after they have had a second dose of paracetamol liquid, speak to your doctor or call the free NHS helpline 111.

Are there any reasons why my child should not be immunised?
There are very few children who cannot be immunised. In general, a vaccine should not be given to children who have had a confirmed anaphylactic reaction to a previous dose of the same vaccine. There are a very small number of children who may not be able to have a routine vaccine for health reasons. Your health visitor, practice nurse or doctor will ask you about the relevant conditions. You can also discuss with them if you are worried about a specific vaccine.

Although vaccine preventable diseases such as diphtheria and measles have become uncommon in the UK, the bugs that cause them continue to circulate in some parts of the world. In today’s highly inter-connected world, these bugs can cross geographical borders and cause disease in people who are not protected. This can cause the re-emergence of these diseases. In choosing to vaccinate you are protecting your child and those around your child.

Why does my child require vaccination?

As soon as babies are born they are exposed to a huge number of bugs. Vaccinations (also call immunisations) protect children from dangerous childhood diseases.

Watch this video to understand more


How do I know when to vaccinate my child?

By entering your child’s date of birth on the vaccination calendar, you can see the dates of your child’s routine vaccination.

There are a number of vaccines that are routinely offered to everyone in the UK, for free on the NHS, and ideal ages when these vaccines should be given.

Full details of all these vaccinations and more can be found on the NHS Choices website.

If you're not sure whether you or your child have had all your routine vaccinations, check your child’s ‘red book’ or ask your GP or practice nurse to find out for you. It may be possible to catch up later in life.

Please visit the vaccinations tips for Parents to better understand what to expect and suggestions to ease your vaccination appointment.

 

Vaccination schedule

This planner shows you what vaccinations your child needs. It shows when they should have had them, so you can check they did, and when they are due to have future vaccinations.

Please visit NHS Vaccinations for further information regarding the timeline for childhood vaccines.

Age

Vaccine

Description

8 weeks

1st: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) 

This is the 5-in-1 vaccine, and is given to children when they are 8, 12 and 16 months old. It protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae.

8 weeks

1st: pneumococcal infection

This is the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), and is given to children when they are 8 and 16 weeks old, and between 12 and 13 months old. It protects against pneumococcal infection, which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia and meningitis.

8 weeks

1st: rotavirus

This is an oral vaccine given to children who are 8 and 12 weeks old. It protects against rotavirus infection, a common cause of diarrhoea and sickness.

8 weeks

1st: Men B

This is the Men B vaccine, and is given to children when they are 8 weeks, 16 weeks and 12 months old. It protects against infection from meningococcal (Men) group B bacteria, which are responsible for more than 90% of meningococcal infections in young children.

12 weeks

2nd: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib

This is the 5-in-1 vaccine, and is given to children when they are 8, 12 and 16 weeks old. It protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae.

12 weeks

1st: Men C

This is the Men C vaccine, and is given to children when they are 12 weeks old, with a dose of the combined Hib/Men C vaccine given at 12 months old. The vaccine protects against meningococcal (Men) group C, a type of bacteria that can cause meningitis and septicaemia.

12 weeks

2nd: rotavirus

This is an oral vaccine given to children who are 8 and 12 weeks old. It protects against rotavirus infection, a common cause of diarrhoea and sickness.

16 weeks

3rd: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib

This is the 5-in-1 vaccine, and is given to children when they are 8, 12 and 16 weeks old. It protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio and Haemophilus influenzae.

16 weeks

2nd: pneumococcal infection

This is the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), and is given to children who are 8 and 16 weeks old, and between 12 and 13 months old. It protects against pneumococcal infection, which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia and meningitis.

16 weeks

2nd: Men B

This is the Men B vaccine, and is given to children when they are 8 weeks, 16 weeks and 12 months old. It protects against infection from meningococcal (Men) group B bacteria, which are responsible for more than 90% of meningococcal infections in young children.

12 - 13 months

Booster: Hib and Men C

This is the Hib/MenC booster vaccine, and is given to children when they are between 12 and 13 months old. The booster vaccine protects against Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and meningococcal group C bacteria, which can cause meningitis and septicaemia.

12 - 13 months

1st: measles, mumps and rubella

This is the MMR vaccine, and is given to children when they are between 12 and 13 months and old, and at 40 months old. It protects against measles, mumps and rubella. 

12 - 13 months

Booster: pneumococcal infection

This is the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), and is given to children who are 8 and 16 weeks old, and between 12 and 13 months old. It protects against pneumococcal infection, which can cause diseases such as pneumonia, septicaemia and meningitis.

12 - 13 months

Booster: Men B

This is the Men B vaccine, and is given to children when they are 8 weeks, 16 weeks and 12 months. It protects against infection from meningococcal (Men) group B bacteria, which are responsible for more than 90% of meningococcal infections in young children.

2 & 3 years

Annual: children's flu vaccine

This is an annual nasal spray vaccine for two-, three- and four-year-olds, plus children in school years one and two, as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.

3 years

4 months

Booster: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio

This is the 4-in-1 booster vaccine given to children around the age of three years and four months old. It protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and polio.

3 years

4 months

2nd: measles, mumps and rubella

This is the MMR vaccine given to children between 12 and 13 months old, and around three years and four months old. It provides protection against measles, mumps and rubella.

4, 5 & 6 years

Annual: children's flu vaccine

This is an annual nasal spray vaccine for two-, three- and four-year-olds, plus children in school years one and two, as part of the NHS childhood vaccination programme.

12 - 13 years

1st: human papillomavirus (HPV)

This is the HPV vaccine. Two doses are given 6-12 months apart to girls who are between the ages of 12 and 13. It protects against four strains of human papillomavirus (HPV): strains 16 and 18, which cause cervical cancer, and strains 6 and 11, which cause genital warts.

13 - 18 years

Booster: diphtheria, tetanus and polio

This is the 3-in-1 booster vaccine given to young people aged between 13 and 18 years old. It tops up the protection against tetanus, diphtheria and polio.

13 - 18 years

1st: Men ACWY

This is the Men ACWY vaccine given to children aged between 13 and 18 years old. It protects against four different causes of meningitis and septicaemia – meningococcal (Men) A, C, W and Y diseases.

 

  

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12 weeks
16 weeks
1 year
2 years
   

 

 

Vaccination tips for parents

Make the vaccination appointment

You'll automatically get an appointment letter when your baby or child is due for a routine vaccination. It could be at your GP practice or a local child health clinic.

Let the clinic know as soon as possible if you can't attend the appointment, so they can rearrange the vaccination for as close to the recommended age as possible.

Download this personalised vaccination calendar, which highlights the dates your child needs to have their vaccinations by.

Take the red book with you

Remember to take your Personal Child Health Record (PCHR) to the appointment, so details of the vaccination can be recorded in it. In England, this usually has a red cover and is often called the "red book".

Wear vaccination-friendly clothes

Dressing your baby or child in the right clothes can save time and effort at the vaccination clinic.

Avoid chunky, padded or tight-fitting clothes with lots of buttons and straps. They take time to remove and put back on.

Babies under 12 months have injections in the thigh. Toddlers and older children have them in the arm. Thin cotton layers fastened with poppers are perfect for babies, and loose or short sleeves for toddlers and older children.

Get to the vaccination appointment on time

Give yourself enough time to get to your appointment. If you rush, you may get stressed. Your child will sense that and become anxious.

Ideally, allow yourself an hour. Clinics can run behind schedule and you need time to ask the doctor or nurse questions.

Stay calm during the vaccination

It's natural to worry that your child's vaccination will hurt. In fact, having a vaccination is often painless. 

Try to stay calm and treat the procedure in a matter-of-fact way. If you're anxious, your child may sense this and also become anxious and restless.

Older children generally find it less traumatic if parents explain to them that vaccination is a good thing. Use plain language to prepare your child for what's going to happen.

Hold your child during the vaccination

Usually, the doctor or nurse will ask you to hold your child on your knee while they vaccinate them.

If the injection is quick, your child won't even see the needle or notice that anything has happened.

If you're nervous about seeing your child having an injection, ask a nurse or another member of staff to hold them for you.

Children rarely faint after a vaccination, but if your child is prone to fainting, ask if they can have the vaccination lying down.

After the vaccination

Make sure that the type of injection (and where it was given) is noted down in your red book and in your child's GP records. Your child may need this information later in life – for example, for school trips, when applying for certain jobs, or going to live or study abroad.

Give a painkiller for fever

Vaccinations shouldn't hurt, although the area where the needle goes in can be sore and red afterwards.

Your child may develop a mild fever after the vaccination. If this happens, you can give them infant paracetamol or ibuprofen to bring their temperature down.

With Men B vaccination (given at 8 weeks, 16 weeks and 1 year) it's recommended that you routinely give your baby liquid paracetamol after the vaccination to reduce the risk of fever.

Allergic reactions to vaccinations

A serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) to a vaccination is very rare. If this does happen, it's quick and usually happens within minutes. The people who give vaccinations are trained to deal with anaphylactic reactions and, with treatment, children recover completely.

Before the injection, tell the nurse about any bad reactions your child has had after any previous vaccinations.

Give permission for relatives to take children for vaccinations 

If a relative, friend or childminder is taking your child for vaccinations, they will need permission to do so from the person with parental responsibility.

To do this, you could inform the surgery in advance or you could give them a letter with your contact details on so the surgery can call you if they need to speak to you.

Common questions about baby vaccinations

Will I be told when my baby's vaccinations are due?

Your doctor's surgery or clinic will automatically send you a letter either informing you of a pre-booked appointment or asking you to call them to book an appointment.

Most surgeries and health centres run special immunisation or baby clinics. If you can't get to the clinic, contact your surgery to make another appointment. All childhood vaccinations are free.

Read this NHS guide to the complete immunisation schedule.

Download this personalised vaccination calendar, which highlights the dates your child needs to have their vaccinations by.

Do babies need to be vaccinated before going swimming?

You can take your baby swimming at any time before and after their immunisations.

Can I refuse my baby's vaccinations?

As a parent, you can refuse any of your child's recommended vaccinations.

You should be asked for your consent before each vaccination and, if you refuse, this will be recorded in your child's medical notes.

There is lots of evidence that vaccinations are very effective and safe, and will protect your child for many years against a range of serious illnesses. 

Read more about weighing up the benefits and risks of vaccination.

If my child misses a vaccination, can they still continue the course?

If you missed the appointment or delayed the immunisation, make a new appointment as soon as possible. You can usually (though not always) pick up the immunisation schedule where it stopped without having to start again.

Will my baby have side effects from vaccination?

Some babies will have side effects, but they're generally mild and short-lived. These include:

  • redness, swelling or tenderness where they had the injection (this will slowly disappear on its own)
  • a bit of irritability and feeling unwell 
  • a high temperature (fever)

If your baby develops a fever, you can treat them with paracetamol or ibuprofen. 

This NHS leaflet tells you about common side effects of vaccinations in babies and children up to 5 years of age.

Read more about the potential side effects of vaccinations.

Will the vaccination hurt my baby?

Your baby may cry and be upset for a few minutes, but they'll usually settle down after a cuddle.

Read practical vaccination tips for parents.

Can babies with an allergy have vaccinations?

Asthma, eczema, food intolerances and allergies do NOT prevent your child having any of their vaccinations. If you have any questions, speak to your doctor, practice nurse or health visitor.

Read the myths and truths about vaccinations.

Could my baby have an allergic reaction to a vaccine?

It's very rare for babies to have an allergic reaction to a vaccination – but it can happen. The important thing to remember is that it's completely treatable.

Signs of an allergic reaction to a vaccination are a rash or itching of part or all of the body. If this happens, the doctor or nurse giving the vaccine will know how to treat it.

In very rare cases, children can have a severe reaction within a few minutes of the injection, which causes breathing difficulties and, sometimes, they can collapse. This is called an anaphylactic reaction.

Anaphylactic reaction only happens about once in every million immunisations. Again, the people who give vaccinations are trained to deal with anaphylactic reactions on the spot and children recover completely with treatment.

Read more about the safety of vaccinations and why there is no limit on the number of vaccinations your baby or child can have.

If my baby is ill, should I postpone their vaccination?

If your baby has a minor illness without a fever, such as a cold, they can have their vaccinations as normal. If your baby is ill with a fever, put off the vaccination until they have recovered.

If your baby has either a bleeding disorder (such as haemophilia) or a fit not associated with fever speak to your doctor, practice nurse or health visitor before your child has any immunisations.

Read more about why and when your baby should avoid having a vaccination.

My baby was premature – should they wait until they're older for their routine vaccinations?

Premature babies may be at higher risk of catching infections, so it's really important that they have their vaccinations on time, which is from 8 weeks of age, no matter how premature they were.

It may seem very early to give a vaccination to such a tiny baby, but many scientific studies have shown that it's a good time to give them vaccines. Postponing vaccination until they're older leaves premature babies vulnerable to diseases.

Read this NHS guide to vaccinations for premature babies (PDF, 595kb).

Preschool booster and school readiness

If your child starts school in September, make sure they have had all their routine vaccinations. Check their red book or call your GP surgery. To get the best protection for your child, they need to have had their pre-school jabs, which includes two doses of MMR vaccine and the 4-in-1 pre-school booster.

Preschool Poster

Missed the appointment or delayed the immunisation?

If you think you missed an appointment or delayed the immunisation, contact your GP surgery to make a new appointment as soon as you can. You can usually pick up the immunisation schedule where it stopped without having to start again. Remember, it’s never too late to get your child vaccinated.

For more information, check your (child’s) red book or visit the NHS personalised vaccination planner.

Make your Health Visitor Checks Count!

When you have a baby, you will be assigned a health visitor to support you throughout you and your baby’s journey. Health visitors are qualified nurses who work with a range of highly trained and skilled colleagues to promote health and wellbeing, and support families with all aspects of bringing up a child. They are there to give you parenting advice and support, answer any questions or concerns that you may have and carry out developmental reviews.

You can contact your health visitor at any point but all parents will receive at least 4 key visits between the birth of your baby until they are 2 ½ year’s old. If this is the first time you are becoming a parent, you may meet your Health Visitor whilst you are pregnant. This is a perfect opportunity to talk through any worries you may have about becoming a parent.

 

Visits from your health visitor:

  1. New baby visit: Your health visitor will visit you at home when your baby is 10 to 14 days old to see how you are adjusting to parenthood and can offer any advice about feeding or caring for your baby, including: interacting with your baby, establishing a routine, feeding, crying and immunisation.

  2. 6 to 8 weeks old: You will next see your Health Visitor again when your baby is between 6 and 8 weeks old. This again is the perfect chance for you to discuss any issues including physical health, immunisations and your own health and wellbeing. Your Health Visitor can also advise you on local baby and parent group, including Children’s Centre activities.

  3. 1 year old: After that the next visit will not take place until your child is around 12 months old. This visit may take place at your home or at a clinic and will assess your baby’s physical, social and emotional development as well as general health issues such as safety, diet and dental health.

  4. 2 ½ years old: The last formal visit you will receive from your Health Visitor will be when your child is around 2 ½ years old. This is a really important visit as it supports you to make sure that your child’s is meeting their developmental milestones and ensure that any issues, including vision and hearing, are identified as early as possible. This visit is also a good chance for you to talk about any language development, behaviour, sleeping or toilet training concerns you may have and make sure your child is on the way to becoming ‘School-Ready’. If your child is at Nursery there may also be an opportunity to have an integrated 2 ½ year check, where a Nursery Practitioner is also present and can offer their thoughts on your child’s development as they see your child on a regular basis.

Health Visitors are here to support you and your family through those important early years of your baby’s life.

Remember you can contact your Health Visitor at any point until your child is 5 year’s old if you have any questions or concerns so make the most out of your visits.

You can contact the Peterborough Health Visiting Service by calling 01733 777 937 or dropping into one of their clinics. You can find out more about the service in Peterborough here.

Arm yourself against cervical cancer with the HPV vaccine

For parents whose daughters are due to have their HPV vaccination, at school, the whole process can appear quite daunting. However, knowing the facts about the vaccine and why it is offered to young women across England can give parents reassurance and confidence in making that decision.

Cervical cancer is still the leading cause of death in women aged under 35yrs in the UK - deaths which can be prevented with the HPV vaccination, combined with regular cervical screening.

In order to protect women from developing cervical cancer the HPV vaccine is recommended for all girls from the age of 12 years up to their eighteenth birthday.

HPV and how it spreads
The human papillomavirus is very common and it is caught through intimate sexual contact with another person who already has it. As it is a very common infection, most people will get it during their lifetime. In most women the virus does not cause cervical cancer but having the vaccine is important because we do not know who is at risk of going on to develop cancer.

The vaccine
There are many types of human papillomavirus. The HPV vaccine protects against the two types that cause most cases (over 70%) of cervical cancer. HPV vaccine is used in 84 countries including the USA, Australia, Canada, and most of Europe and more than 80 million people have received the vaccine worldwide. There is evidence from Australia, Denmark, Scotland and England that the vaccine is already having a major impact on HPV infections. In time it is expected that the vaccine will save hundreds of lives every year in the UK.

Having the vaccination
Your daughter will be offered the first injection in year 8. The second one will be offered 6 to 12 months after the first, but it can be given up to 24 months after. It’s important that your daughter receives both doses to be protected.

If your daughter misses a vaccination, can she still have it?
Yes. If your daughter missed any of her vaccinations you should speak to your nurse or doctor about making another appointment as soon as possible. It’s important to have two doses before the age of 15 yrs.  If your daughter has not had any HPV vaccine by 15 years she will need three doses to develop full protection; the response to two doses in older girls is not quite as good. Again, speak to your nurse or doctor, if you are unsure, or visit www.nhs.uk/hpv where you can download a question-and-answer sheet. For details about cervical screening visit www.cancerscreening.nhs.uk


Please don’t forget that...

  • Girls who have the vaccine will significantly reduce their chance of getting cervical cancer.
  • Having this vaccine will also protect you against most cases of genital warts. It won’t protect you against any other sexually transmitted diseases such as chlamydia.
  • Having this vaccine won’t stop you getting pregnant.
  • Cervical screening (smear tests) will continue to be important whether you have had the HPV vaccine or not.

 

Remember Baby Teeth Matter too!

Your child will begin to start teething at around 6 - 12 months old. It is important to make sure that you start looking after your child’s teeth as soon as they break through – you can even start a good dental hygiene routine early on by gently cleaning your baby’s gums with a soft, clean, damp cloth.

Tooth decay:

Tooth decay is caused by having too many sugary foods and drinks too often. It can be painful for your child and could lead to an extraction. The good news is that tooth decay is largely preventable by eating a healthy, balanced diet and starting a good tooth brushing routine as soon as your child gets their first teeth.

Tooth brushing tips:

Once your baby’s teeth have started to arrive you should brush them for 2 minutes twice a day – once in the morning and again before your child goes to bed. For children under 3, you should use a smear of fluoride toothpaste and thoroughly brush all surfaces of the teeth, inside and outside to remove any food particles or natural sugars found in milk and formula products. Children between the ages of 3 and 6 years can use a pea-sized blob of toothpaste. It’s important to supervise tooth brushing until your child is seven or eight years old, either by brushing their teeth yourself or, if they brush their own teeth, by watching how they do it. The NHS Choices websites has lots of hints and tips on children’s tooth brushing.

Tooth-friendly diet:

In order to look after your child’s teeth, it’s important to give them a healthy, balanced diet.  Remember, sugar causes tooth decay. It’s not just about the amount of sugar in sweet food and drinks, but how long and how often the teeth are in contact with sugar. Some tips for giving your child a tooth-friendly diet include limiting the amount and how often you give sugary foods, and avoiding sugary drinks – the best drinks for young children are their usual milk and water. It’s important that you don’t add sugar to weaning foods and drinks and to only use bottles for water, expressed or formula milk, as using them for juices or sugary drinks can increase tooth decay.

Visit the dentist – it’s free for children!

You can make sure that any signs of tooth decay are spotted early by making sure that you take your child to the dentist for a regular check-up. Your child’s first visit to the dentist should be at around 12 months old. Remember, dental treatment for children is free in the UK until your child is 16 years old and regular appointments may prevent more serious issues in the future. You can find out where your local dentist is here.

Healthy Peterborough:

In Peterborough we want to make sure every child has the opportunity to have good dental health.  At your child’s 12 month Health Visitor check we are issuing toothbrush packs, which include a child’s toothbrush, fluoride toothpaste and an information leaflet to help you prevent your child developing tooth decay. You can also pick up an additional pack, once it has run out, from your local Children’s Centre. A healthy child is a happy child so make sure they have a smile to be proud of!

Children's and School Holiday Activities

Vivacity run a range of activity sessions for children, ranging from holiday clubs through to drop in sports sessions across the city. Club Viva is a sport and fitness focussed child-care club, designed to give parents the flexibility to work and leave their child in safe hands for a day, a week or the whole holiday period.

Club Viva Holiday Activity Club
Runs every school holiday apart from Christmas.
Prices: from £18 per day at various Vivacity Leisure Centres.
For more information call 01733 863 754 or email clubviva@vivacity-peterborough.com
See more at www.vivacity-peterborough.com/clubviva.

Free Teen Drop-In Sessions throughout the summer
Free sessions for 12-17 year olds which focus on sports around the city to keep kids entertained and active over the summer holidays.

  • Mondays: Central Park, 3-5pm at the tennis courts
  • Tuesdays: Werrington Leisure Centre, 3-5pm at the football pitch opposite the skate park
  • Wednesdays: Bretton Park, 3-5pm at the kids waterpark near the skate park
  • Thursdays: Bushfield Leisure Centre, Astroturf Pitch, 3-5pm, meet at the centre
  • Fridays: Paston Ridings, near the Honeyhill Children’s Centre, Paston, 3-5pm at the small football pitch

Prices: Free for 12-17 year olds.
For more information call 01733 864 754 or email clubviva@vivacity-peterborough.com
See more at www.vivacity-peterborough.com/teens.

Under 5’s Free Swimming
As part of Vivacity’s ongoing support of getting children active at an early age they offer free swimming for all under 5s at four swimming pools across the city. 
Price: Free for all children under 5.
For more information call your local Vivacity Pool for more information.
See more at www.vivacity-peterborough.com/under5s.

Family Fun Sessions
Enjoy fun inflatables and floats, one and two-man zorbs and mini boats with fun for all the family in the Regional Pool. Sessions are every Sunday 2-6pm.
Price: £6 and £3 for Vivacity Gym Members.
For more information call 01733 864 760 or email regionalpool@vivacity-peterborough.com.
See more at www.vivacity-peterborough.com/familyfun.

Rollers Skating Sessions
Fun for all the family – enjoy great lighting and a great atmosphere with the latest music to skate around to, young and old. 
Price: £3.50 (skate hire £1.50) or a family ticket for £11 (4 and up only, under 8’s need to be supervised at all times).
For more information call 01733 864 760 or email regionalpool@vivacity-peterborough.com.
See more at www.vivacity-peterborough.com/familyfun.

Free swimming for all children under 5 in Peterborough

Vivacity offers free swimming to all children under 5 years old across four pools in the city.

By offering free swimming to youngsters, Vivacity hopes to foster water confidence and a love of swimming from an early age, not to mention encourage parents to swim more often.

Already taking advantage of this at the Regional Pool is Katie Mundell and her son Sebastian (2). Mum of two Katie Mundell from Ryhall visits the pool regularly so free swimming for under 5s will save a few extra pounds in her monthly budget: “I’ve taken both my sons swimming every week from soon after birth – I think it’s so important to get them into the water as early as possible. Sebastian (2) in particular loves swimming and it’s good exercise for them and for me! To offer free swimming for little ones is a great idea. I run the Mum2Mum Markets in the area and I know how much mums appreciate little savings here and there.”

Jon Marsden, Director of Sport & Healthy Living at Vivacity commented: “We already offer free swimming outside of lessons to children enrolled in our Swim Academy but we are delighted to now widen this to all children under 5. According to the Amateur Swimming Association, 1 in 5 adults in the UK is unable to swim, and we are committed to supporting children learning to swim at an early age so that they can keep swimming into adult life and build healthy habits for the future. We also want to encourage all children to be safe in-and-around the water and enjoy the many water based activities available.

The free swimming offer is available at four of Vivacity’s pools including the Lido. To take advantage of this offer the accompanying adult simply needs to show their Vivacity card at the pool reception desk. Vivacity cards are completely free, and can be obtained at any Vivacity location. They offer discounts on many Vivacity activities including admission to Longthorpe Tower and Flag Fen, as well as discounted rates for sports activities across Vivacity facilities.

For more information about free swimming for the under 5’s or Vivacity’s wider services then please visit Vivacity-Peterborough.

Let's get healthy

Our free healthy lifestyles club running in schools and community settings.

The club is  ten weeks for children aged 7-12. They are interactive and fun sessions, with parents attending the last 20 minutes of the sessions. Parents can directly refer.

We also offer a 6 week course for children aged 4-6 and their parents. The sessions are interactive and lots of fun.

Workshops include learning about sugary drinks and food swapping for healthier snacks, making smoothies, and blindfold fruit & veg taste testing, and also activities and games such as parachute games and shuttle races.

View our leaflet by clicking here!

Email healthy.peterborough@nhs.net. or call direct on 0800 376 56 55 or 01733 590064. If you have a long-term condition, we may need consent from your GP.

Download our self referral form here or complete the form online here

 Or visit our website here

 

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For more information about all the lifestyle services available from Healthy Peterborough take a look at our leaflet:

Peterborough Lifestyle Services

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Drink Plenty

 

Drinking plenty of fluid helps stop us getting dehydrated. Encouraging children to drink enough is important as they may not remember by themselves. Guiding children with what to drink is also important for their health.

Children and adults should aim to drink between 6-8 glasses of fluid each day. They may need to drink more on some days, if the weather is warmer or they are more physically active for example.

The best drinks for children are water and milk. The Eatwell Guide recommends what to eat and drink for a healthy, balanced diet.

Water - is a good choice. Plain water contains no calories and is not harmful to teeth.

Lower fat plain milk –is a good source of calcium, important for healthy bones. From the age of two, most children can start to move to semi-skimmed milk.

Fruit and vegetable juices and/or smoothies - provide vitamins and minerals and count as one of your 5-a-day. They do contain sugars though so limit to no more than 150ml a day and have with a meal to protect teeth.

Diet, sugar-free and no added sugar drinks these are a healthier swap from full sugar drinks. As they still taste sweet consider limiting these so children do not develop a taste for sweet drinks.

Children are having nearly three times more sugar than the recommended daily amount! One of the main sources of sugar in the diet of 
children under 18 is sugary drinks and fruit juices
.

Children do not need sugary drinks as part of their everyday consumption. Sugary drinks provide energy which can add calories to our diet. Having these drinks regularly can contribute too many calories and lead to weight gain and obesity. Having high sugar drinks too often can also increase the risk of tooth decay.

Fizzy drinks, squashes and juice drinks can be high in sugar and may be acidic which erodes the outer surface of teeth. Flavoured water can be high in sugar, as can sport and energy drinks. Some of these types of drinks may contain caffeine, which is not recommended for children.

Avoid giving sugary drinks in between meals, to help protect children’s teeth. If children do consume these drinks try to keep them to mealtimes.

Limit fruit juice and/or smoothies to no more than 150ml per day.

Keep milk drinks with added sugar as occasional treats, including milkshakes, hot chocolate, malt drinks or condensed milk.

It is advised not to give children drinks containing caffeine, such as tea, coffee and some soft drinks. Look for decaffeinated varieties instead.

For more ideas on keeping children hydrated visit Change4Life

Download the Change4Life Be Food Smart app and scan foods and drinks to reveal their sugar, fat and salt content.


 

 

Eat your way to 5 A Day

Fruit and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Children and adults are recommended to eat at least 5-a-day, every day.

Benefits of 5 A Day

The Eatwell Guide shows us that fruit and vegetables should make up just over one third of the food we eat each day. Fruit and vegetables help us to stay healthy, for example they:

  • Lower our risk of heart disease, stroke and some cancers.
  • Provide us with important vitamins and minerals to be healthy
  • Contain fibre, which helps our digestion and gut health plus reduces risk of bowel cancer.
  • Help us to be a healthy weight as they are low in fat and calories.

How Much Do You Need?

Aim to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day. This is 5 different varieties not 5 of the same type. It can be a combination of fruit and vegetables; it isn’t 5 of one and 5 of the other.

  • 80g of fresh, frozen or tinned fruit
    This is often referred to as the amount that will fit in to the palm of your hand – you can use this as a measure instead of weighing it out. Remember that children have smaller palms and so will need to eat less than an older child or an adult.

    An 80g portion of fruit is about the same as; large fruit - a slice or half e.g. a slice of melon or half a grapefruit; 1 medium size fruit e.g. an apple or 2 small size fruits e.g. 2 plums or satsumas.
    80g of vegetables is about the same as; 3 heaped tablespoons of peas, beans or pulses; 2 broccoli spears or a dessert bowl of salad.
  • 30g of dried fruit 
    30g is about one heaped tablespoon of dried fruit. This counts as a maximum of one portion a day, even if you eat more.

  • One 150ml glass of unsweetened 100% fruit juice or a smoothie
    This counts as a maximum of one portion a day, even if you drink more.  


5-A-Day Throughout the Day - What Counts?

  • Fresh, frozen and tinned varieties all count. Watch Out! Choose tinned fruit in natural juice (not syrup) and tinned vegetables in water with no added sugar or salt.
  • Dried fruit also counts but only as one portion a day. Remember to keep dried fruit to mealtimes only for children, not as a snack, to help protect their teeth.
  • Did you know? Beans and pulses also count e.g. lentils, kidney beans, chickpeas, split peas. These count as a maximum of one portion a day.

Don’t be caught out! Potatoes, yam, plantain and cassava do not count towards your 5-a-day. Instead these are counted as a starchy carbohydrate - along with bread, rice, potatoes and pasta. They are still part of a healthy balanced diet.


Easy ways to 5 A Day

It can be easier than you think to eat 5-a-day. Check out some of our top tips.  

  • Set the family a challenge. If you don’t all eat 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day already then see how quickly you can build up from the number you do currently eat.
  • Get the children involved. They could keep a sticker chart of how many portions they have. Make snacks fun by letting them design something like a ‘fruit face’.  Teach them about different varieties when you go shopping, can you interest them to try something new?  
  • Can you add at least one portion to each of your main meals? Breakfast could be a glass of fruit juice, berries on top of cereal or a banana on toast. At lunch try adding a side salad, have vegetable sticks with dip or a whole piece of fruit. With dinner serve a side of one or two different  vegetables. If you’re having desert try plain natural yoghurt with sliced fruit.
  • Fruit and vegetables make great snacks too.
  • Try to ‘eat the rainbow’. This means eating a variety of different fruits and vegetables which are different colours, textures and flavours.  
  • Look for things in season. These often taste better and are better value. In season in July are; cherries, cucumber and lettuce. Also; blueberries, bramley apples, broad beans, cauliflower, carrots, celery, courgette, raspberries, runner beans, rhubarb. Not forgetting; strawberries, peas, savoy cabbage and spinach! So much choice.

Sign up for free to the Change4Life Fruit and Veg Boost! Get free recipes, useful hints and tips, shopping advice and more! 

Change4Life has lots of ideas to help your family to eat at least 5-a-day

 

Eating together

Eating together as a family can help to promote a healthy diet to children and support a healthy weight, as well as give you a chance to catch up on the family news!

Children learn behaviours from adults, who act as role models. Family meals are an opportunity for parents and carers to set good examples of healthy choices for children to adopt. By eating well yourself you can encourage children and the whole family to eat well too.

Life is often busy, so taking time out for a family meal can give you a chance to pause and share the day’s events. It can open up conversations about the good things that are happening, but also worries that your child may have.

The Eatwell Guide shows how the whole family can eat well together and share the same meal. The guide displays a variety of foods we need to eat to be healthy, and trying these together can encourage children to taste lots of new foods. Eating together from an early age will help to teach babies and children good habits, but if children are older it isn’t too late to start.

Eating well is important for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight. Making healthier choices as a whole family will help children and adults to reduce their risk of being overweight and obese. Remember that children need ‘me sized meals’.

Younger children need smaller portions than older children, and older children need less than adults.

Here are just a few ideas to increase how often you share family meals:

  • Plan ahead. Busy and often different schedules for everyone in the household can make it difficult to find time to eat together. Plan which meal times you will share e.g. breakfast, lunch or dinner and on which days during the week and at weekends. You might also plan what you will eat, try to involve children in choosing meals too.
  • Cook together. As well as eating as a family, think about cooking together too. Involving children in preparing meals can help to get them interested in healthy eating. Children could weigh ingredients, peel, grate or chop to help out for example.
  • Find somewhere to sit down together, such as a kitchen or dining room table. Think about turning the television off and putting your mobiles or tablets away while you eat. This will reduce distractions and provide a better opportunity to talk and catch up as a family.
  • If you have young children, or children that don’t like to sit still for long, then try getting creative by playing a game at the dinner table to make it a bit more fun! A game of ‘guess who’ or ‘10 things I love about…’ a chosen topic such as the summer for example.

 

What Should Children Be Eating?

The Eatwell Guide shows us what a balanced and healthy diet looks like. It illustrates the amount of different types of foods to eat over a day or week. Children aged 5 and older should follow the Eatwell Guide along with adults. Children aged 2 to 5 years should start to follow the guide and eat the same foods as the rest of the family.

Eating well as a whole family will influence children to make healthier food choices. As children become more independent in their food choices, it is important for parents and carers to guide them to make healthy choices and establish good habits for life.

Five main types of foods to include as part of a healthy diet

Encourage children to follow the Eatwell Guide most of the time, and only have high fat, sugar and salt foods as occasional treats, not every day.

Eat more!

Fruit and vegetables - Aim for at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables a day. One portion is about the amount that fits in to the palm of a child’s hand.

  • Apples, bananas and other whole pieces of fruit make a quick snack. Vegetable sticks are easy too, try sticks of pepper, carrot or celery.
  • A glass of fruit/vegetable juice or a smoothie counts, although this should be limited to no more than 150ml in a day.
  • Include at least one portion of fresh, frozen or tinned vegetables with main meals.
  • Add frozen berries or tinned fruit (in fruit juice not syrup) to plain natural yoghurt for a healthy pudding.

Fibre – Children’s intakes of fibre are low. Fibre helps us to feel fuller for longer and helps towards a healthy weight. It also reduces risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

  • Choose high fibre breakfast cereals e.g. Weetabix, shredded wheat or porridge.
  • Have wholemeal or granary bread or start with a 50:50 bread.
  • Choose wholegrain, wholemeal and brown varieties of pasta and rice. Try mixing these with white varieties to first introduce children to them.
  • Encourage children to eat the skins on boiled or jacket potatoes.
  • Add beans and pulses to dishes e.g. kidney beans, lentils and chickpeas.

Oily fish – It is recommended to eat one portion (140g) of oily fish a week, which most children do not achieve.  Oily fishes include; salmon, mackerel, sardines, trout, herring and fresh tuna.

Eat less!

Sugar - Children eat more than three times more sugar than the recommended amount every day. Too much sugar can lead to weight gain. Unhealthy weight increases the risk of serious illnesses including type-2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Regularly having a lot of sugar can also cause tooth decay.

For ideas to cut back on sugar visit Change4Life Sugar Smart to help you to reduce sugar in your child’s diet.

Swap These

For These

Sugary breakfast cereals

Plain cereal & plain porridge.

Fizzy drinks & juice drinks

Water, reduced fat milk & juice drinks (no added sugar).

Sugary yoghurts

Plain yoghurt with fruit.

Cakes, pastries & biscuits

Unsalted rice cakes, plain popcorn, fruited teacake & toast.

Sweets, chocolate & ice-cream

Sugar-free jelly.

Saturated (Unhealthy) Fat - Children have too much unhealthy fat in their diet. This fat can build up and lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers later on.

Swap These

For These

Whole milk

Lower fat milk (e.g. semi-skimmed or 1%).

Full fat butter, cheese & yoghurts

Lower fat varieties of these dairy products.

Sausages

Low fat mince.

Cakes, pastries, chocolate & biscuits

Unsalted rice cakes, plain popcorn, fruited teacake & toast.

Salt - More than half of children are eating too much salt. Three quarters of the salt we eat is already added to the food we buy. This can increase the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease in adulthood.  

Swap These

For These

Crisps & salted nuts

Unsalted rice cakes, plain popcorn & unsalted nuts.

Sausages, bacon & ham

Reduced salt, unsmoked varieties.

Pizza & cheese

More vegetable or chicken toppings with less cheese.

Sauces e.g. gravy, ketchup brown sauce & soya sauce

Lower salt sauces. Flavour food with herbs, spices & pepper instead.

The free Food Smart app from Change4Life helps the whole family make healthy choices wherever you are. Download it now and scan foods and drinks to reveal their sugar, fat and salt content.


First foods for your baby

Babies and children should be encouraged to eat healthily from the very start. At around 6 months you should start to introduce your baby to solid foods. This is often referred to as weaning.

From 0-6 months it is recommended babies are exclusively breastfed. They can get everything theyneed from breast milk or formula milk. At around 6 months babies then need solid foods in addition to their usual breast milk or formula milk feeds. This helps to meet their large energy requirements as they grow and develop.

Start to introduce your baby to solid foods by around 6 months old but not before 4 months. This is for babies who are breastfed or on formula milk. Advice for premature babies may differ, please speak to your Midwife, Health Visitor or GP.

Some signs that your baby is ready for their first solid foods:

1. They can stay in a sitting position and hold their head steady.
2. They have eye, hand and mouth co-ordination so they can look at the food, pick it up and put it in their mouth on their own.
3. They can swallow food, rather than pushing food back out and getting most of it on their face rather than in their mouth.

Learn more signs to look out for.

The Start4Life website has lots of useful information. They offer guidance on choosing your baby’s first foods. This page also gives ideas for finger foods which introduce your baby to different textures and types of foods.

It is important to introduce your baby to a healthy diet from the start including:

  • Vegetables and fruit,
  • Starchy foods (bread, rice, potatoes and pasta),
  • Protein foods (meat, fish, eggs and beans or pulses)
  • Dairy foods (plain full fat yoghurt).
  • Foods should have no added sugar and no added salt.

There are some foods which you should avoid giving to babies

It will take time to introduce your baby to different foods. When you first introduce solid foods you are just getting your baby used to eating. The amount they eat is less important as they will still be getting most of what they need from breast milk or formula milk. Slowly increase the amount and variety of solid foods they are having. Until by 10-12 months your baby can be offered 3 meals a day eating the same as the rest of the family in smaller amounts.

Some helpful tips:

  • Be patient and relaxed at mealtimes.
  • Be prepared – introducing solid foods will be messy!
  • Don’t worry if your baby’s appetite varies day to day this is normal.
  • Take away any distractions at mealtimes (e.g. TV, mobile phones or toys)
  • Keep trying your baby with new foods. Refusing food is common.
  • Babies learn to like foods they are given regularly. Keep offering foods even if your baby is not sure at first, it can take several attempts before they accept it.
  • Introduce lots of different foods from 6 months so they get used to different flavours and textures.
  • Be a good role model by eating well yourself.
  • Eating together as a family will help to teach your baby good habits.

From 6 months to 5 years it is recommended that your baby takes a vitamin supplement.

Remember to speak to your Midwife, Health Visitor or GP if you need any advice. You can also get more information on complementary feeding  from Start4Life, NHS Choices, British Nutrition Foundation.

 

Healthy Start Scheme

Could you qualify to receive free vitamins for children under 4 and as a pregnant or breastfeeding woman? There are also free vouchers to spend on some basic foods. Healthy Start helps you to give your family the best start in life.

Healthy Start Vitamins

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for everyone. However some groups of people may still find it difficult to get all of the goodness they need from their diet. It is recommended that pregnant or breastfeeding mothers and small children take a vitamin supplement in addition to eating well. This helps them to get the vitamins they need to stay healthy.

Vitamin tablets are available for pregnant women and mothers with a child under one who qualify. Children’s vitamin drops are available for those aged from 6 months to 4 years. Find out if you qualify or for more information you can speak to your Midwife or Health Visitor. Applying for Healthy Start is easy.

If you already receive Healthy Start vitamin coupons but aren’t sure where you can swap them for free vitamins click here for a list of places in Peterborough.


Healthy Start Vouchers

Healthy Start vouchers can help you to buy these basic foods; milk, fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk. Click here to check if you qualify for free vouchers or speak to your Midwife or Health Visitor. 

  • Pregnant women and children over one and under four years old can get one £3.10 voucher per week.
  • Children under one year old can get two £3.10 vouchers (£6.20) per week.

You can use the vouchers in any local participating shop. Click here to find a retailer near you.


Who to contact

Telephone 0345 6076823 or visit Healthy Start

Could you qualify to receive free vitamins for children under 4 and as a pregnant or breastfeeding woman? There are also free vouchers to spend on some basic foods. Healthy Start helps you to give your family the best start in life.

 

Get Sugar Smart

Our children are eating and drinking too much sugar. In-fact they consume three times as much sugar as recommended.

Too much sugar can lead to weight gain. Unhealthy weight increases the risk of serious illnesses including type-2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Regularly having a lot of sugar can also cause tooth decay.

Many of the foods and drinks we give our children contain a lot of sugar. This sugar has been added to make products taste sweeter. You might be surprised at just how many everyday foods have added sugar, including; breakfast cereals, soft drinks, and yoghurts.

How can you reduce sugar?

  • Swap high sugar items for similar choices with less sugar
  • Give smaller portions of sugary items
  • Cut back on how often children have sugary drinks and snacks

As adults we can encourage children to make a swap to a lower sugar item by choosing these for ourselves too. For ideas to cut back on sugar visit Change4Life Sugar Smart to help you to reduce sugar in your child’s diet.

The Change4Life Sugar Smart App allows you to scan barcodes on food and drink packaging to reveal how many sugar cubes it contains. This is a free app and can be downloaded via their website.

Sugary Snacks

Sweets, cakes, pastries, biscuits and chocolate should be occasional treats and not given or seen by children as regular snacks. There are lots of other ways to treat and reward children. What about you reading them a story, playing or doing an activity with them, a walk or run together or even extra time to play with friends.

Snacks can provide extra energy in-between main meals. Swap sugary snacks for healthier alternatives, some ideas include;

  • Whole fruit or chopped fruit salad.
  • Vegetable sticks with dips such as hummous or low fat soft cheese. This helps towards children’s 5-a-day.
  • Natural yoghurt. Adding fruit will make this naturally sweeter.
  • Slice of toast, tea cake, crackers, rice cakes or plain popcorn.

When does your child snack and which one you could change first? Some parents swap the after school snack to start with. Plan ahead so you have a healthier snack to give them when they ask for it and neither of you reaches automatically for the usual unhealthy option.  

Change4Life has lots of suggestions for swapping sugary snacks.

Sugary Drinks

Do you know how many cubes of sugar are in a can of fizzy drink compared to a glass of tap water?
There can be as many as 9 cubes of sugar in fizzy drinks cans but there are zero in plain tap or bottled water!

Children get most of their sugar intake from sugary drinks. These include fizzy drinks, juice drinks, squash and cordial, energy drinks and fruit juice. Even no added sugar and sugar free choices can still damage the protective layer (enamel) on children’s teeth.

Swap sugary drinks for plain water and milk as these are the only tooth friendly drinks for children.

Change4Life has top tips for swapping sugary drinks.

 

 

 

Active Children, More Often, Everyday

Being physically active every day is important for your child’s growth and development. There are lots of different activities to keep children active, this makes exercise more fun and helps to use and strengthen different parts of the body. 

How much activity should children do?

These are the minimum amounts of time children should be active for, doing more is recommended. 

Children under 5
Should be active for at least three hours (180 minutes) every day.
This could be rolling and playing on the floor, standing up and moving around while grabbing, pulling and pushing through play. More energetic activity may include parent and child swimming, using a climbing frame, running around or playing ball games.

Children and Young People (5-18 years)
Should do at least 60 minutes of activity every day.
Children over 5 should do different types of exercises of moderate and vigorous intensity and for muscle strengthening. These activities include walking, skating and cycling; swimming, running and football or similar sports; plus gymnastics or martial arts.

This activity doesn’t all have to be at once, it should be spread over the whole day. Any 10 minute burst of energy counts towards the total minutes.
                                                                                                   
Need some more ideas for keeping children active? 

Check out www.nhs.uk/change4life for hundreds of games, ideas and activities to have fun and get active – indoor and out, rain or shine – there’s something for all the family!

Stop sitting for long periods

Being inactive and sitting still (being sedentary) for long periods is bad for our health, even if we do the recommended amount of exercise for the day. Being inactive while we are asleep is ok though.

Try not to let children sit watching TV or playing on the computer or games console for long periods, and reduce the time they are sitting in a buggy or in the car.  Break up the time they spend sat down to do homework or reading.

Remind children to do something active to break up long periods of sitting, even just a few minutes helps. Putting toys away, setting the dinner table and playing away from a screen are some ideas to encourage movement.    

Find out more about being inactive and get ideas to build up children’s activity levels

Great rewards for being active!

Encouraging children to achieve their recommended amount of physical activity each day will help to reduce their risk of poor health. Activity helps to strengthen muscles and bones and improves fitness. It builds confidence and improves concentration and learning at school. Being active is part of staying a healthy weight and improving health. Physical activity makes children feel good too!

 

Action packed summer at Ferry Meadows

Imagine somewhere beautiful, safe and unspoilt where you can walk, cycle, play, horse-ride, ride a train, go fishing, exercise the dog, jog, push the buggy and explore endless meadows, lakes and woodland - all less than three miles from Peterborough's busy city centre.

You'll find all this and more at Ferry Meadows - including cafes, hard-surfaced routes for wheelchair users, a busy events and activity programme and endless opportunities for outdoor recreation.

Cycling
Ferry Meadows and the wider Nene Park offer many miles of off-road traffic-free cycling, including a stretch of the National Cycle Network Route 63. A map is available from the Visitor Centre for £1.50 which shows the full network of cycle ways which make up the Peterborough Green Wheel.  Rutland Cycling Hire Centre offers a cycle hire service over the summer weekends and school holidays.

Boating
Hire kayaks, canoes, row boats and pedaloes. There are also group activities such as raft building, land games and orienteering and structured courses in sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.

Events taking place at Ferry Meadows 

Fairies and Elves of Ferry Meadows
Saturday 1st
July
10.30am-12noon and 1.30pm-3pm
Ferry Meadows Country Park, meet at Discovery Den
Enter the magical world of the fairies and elves of Ferry Meadows. Come along to spot the signs that they have been in the park, make some magical woodland potions and build some amazing homes for them.
Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2
Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities.  Please call 01733 234193 for further details. 
Booking: Essential. Please visit
www.neneparktrust.org.uk to book a place or telephone 01733 234193 for more information

British Dragonfly Society Walk
Saturday 8th
July
10am - 3pm
Ferry Meadows Country Park, meet at Discovery Den
Visit the British Dragonfly Society information stand in the Discovery Den and then join them for a guided walk at 1pm
Cost: Free, suggested donation £2
Accessibility: This event is on surfaced paths and suitable for all abilities including wheelchair users and buggies.
Booking: No need to book. For more information please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail
visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk

 

Family Volunteering
Sunday 9th
July
10am-12noon
Ferry Meadows Country Park
Make a difference by helping the Rangers out in the Park. Children, couples, grandparents, friends - everybody welcome. All tools and training will be provided, you just need to bring along lots of enthusiasm!
Free car parking for all participants
Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2
Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities.  Please call 01733 234193 for further details. 
Booking: Essential. Please visit
www.neneparktrust.org.uk to book a place or telephone 01733 234193 for more information

 

Summer trail
Thursday 20th July -Sunday 3rd September
Trail sheets available 10:00am-2:30pm

Ferry Meadows Country Park, meet at the visitor centre
Collect a trail sheet on the theme of rabbits from the Visitor Centre and then hunt for clues as you walk around Ferry Meadows. Return to the Visitor Centre to claim your prize.
Cost: £0.50
Accessibility: This event is on surfaced paths and suitable for all abilities including wheelchair users and buggies.
Booking: No need to book. For more information please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail 

Guided Walk with a Ranger
Friday 21st
July
6pm - 9.15pm
Ferry Meadows Country Park
Join Ian Lowe for a guided walk around Ferry Meadows and the surrounding area, pointing out areas of interest along the 6 mile route and ask him questions along the way.
Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2
Accessibility: This event is on surfaced paths and suitable for all abilities including wheelchair users and buggies.
Booking: Essential. Please visit
www.neneparktrust.org.uk to book a place or telephone 01733 234193 for more information

Wild Wednesday
Wednesday 26th
July
10am-2pm
Ferry Meadows Country Park, meet at Discovery Den
Children and adults are welcome to come and join in some seasonal and wild crafts.
Times: 10:00am-2:00pm
Cost: Free. Suggested donation £2
Accessibility: This event takes place indoors and is suitable for all abilities.
Booking: No need to book. For more information please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail 
visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk

Kids Tree Climbing
Friday 28th
July
10am-3pm
Ferry Meadows Country Park, meet at Visitor Centre
Children can come and have a go at tree climbing in a rope and harness. Instruction given by Rangers.
Cost: £2
Accessibility: This event may not be suitable for all abilities.  Please call 01733 234193 for further details.
Booking: Essential. Please visit
www.neneparktrust.org.uk to book a place or telephone 01733 234193 for more information

 

Minibeast Safari
Friday 28th
July
10.30am-12noon and 1.30pm-3pm
Ferry Meadows Country Park, meet at Discovery Den
There'll be no lions or tigers on this safari, but you will be surprised at the variety of mini wild animals you find living in Ferry Meadows.
Cost: Free
Accessibility: This event includes walking on uneven ground and/or crossing stiles and therefore may not be suitable for all abilities.  Please call 01733 234193 for further details. 
Booking Essential. Please visit
www.neneparktrust.org.uk to book a place or telephone 01733 234193 for more information

 

 

For more information please call Nene Park Trust on 01733 234193 or e-mail visitor.services@neneparktrust.org.uk

Ferry Meadows lies 3 miles west of Peterborough and just two miles east of the A1 off the Oundle Road (A605). Brown tourist signs for Nene Park are on all major routes in the city.

Tips for Teeth

For a confident smile it is important to establish a good oral health routine. You can also help ensure healthy teeth by giving children tooth friendly foods and drinks.

Change to a Cup

If you are bottle feeding try to put in only water or milk. These are the only tooth friendly drinks for babies and children. 

As your baby reaches around 6 months, start to introduce a cup or free flow beaker. From the age of one, look to give all drinks in a cup or free flow beaker and ‘bin-the-bottle!’

Tooth Friendly Foods and Drinks

Sugar increases the risk of tooth decay. To protect your child’s teeth, work at cutting down on how often they have sugary foods and drinks. Every time they eat or drink anything sugary, acid then attacks their teeth for about an hour. It is best to give sugary items as occasional treats and at mealtimes.

Visit chanage4life for more ideas on sugar swaps.

Swap sugary foods & drinks… For these healthier choices!
Fizzy drinks (including sugar and sugar-free or ‘diet’ drinks) Plain still water …For more flavour add some fresh fruit e.g. a slice of orange or mixed berries. Plain milk
100% Fruit Juice Limit to 1 x 150ml glass a day and serve only at mealtimes.
Sweets and chocolate

Children should view these as a treat (not an everyday snack) and not to be had very often. Have them at the end of a mealtime not on their own.

Try not to give these as a reward, non-food rewards include stickers, time spent reading a story with a parent or extra time playing with a friend.

Sugary snacks e.g. sugary cereal, biscuits, cakes, chocolates and sweets

Fruit e.g. apple, blueberries and other berries, Satsuma, banana, pear. Only give dried fruit as part of a main meal.

Raw vegetables e.g. carrot, pepper, cucumber. Chop these in to sticks and serve with a hummous dip.

Toast or rice-cakes with low-fat spread or plain popcorn.

Do you know how much sugar is hidden in foods and drinks children eat?

Download the free SugarSmart App from Change4Life which lets you scan items to revel how much sugar it contains.

Brushing

As an adult you can teach children the routine of brushing teeth twice a day for two minutes. This will establish good habits to keep teeth healthy and avoid tooth decay or gum disease. Consider these top brushing tips;

  • Brush your baby’s teeth as soon as their first tooth appears; this is usually around 6 months but can be earlier or later.
  • Brush teeth twice a day using fluoride toothpaste. You can use regular fluoride toothpaste; you don’t need to buy special toothpaste for children.
  • Use a smear of toothpaste for under 3 year olds and a pea size for children over 3.
  • Brush for 2 minutes twice a day, including before they go to bed.
  • Children often need help with tooth brushing until the age of 8.

Visit the Dentist

When your child’s first teeth appear take them to see the dentist. The NHS dental care is free for children. Continue to visit the dentist regularly, at least once a year.

More information on dental health for both children and adult

Wake up to Breakfast

Breakfast is an important start to the day. Making sure children have had breakfast each morning will give them energy to help them concentrate at school and improve behaviour. Breakfast can help improve mood, reduce stress and make us feel happier too. It helps us to reach and maintain a healthy weight too.

Our bodies can get important vitamins and minerals from eating breakfast, including;

  • Calcium to build strong bones and teeth
  • Iron to make red blood cells, which take oxygen around the body

Eating breakfast together as a family can encourage children to adopt the habit. It’s also a really good start to the day for everyone! Try to eat breakfast within 2 hours of waking up.

Healthy breakfast choices

Cereal is a popular breakfast choice. Healthy breakfast cereals include plain wheat biscuits, shredded wheat and porridge. These cereals are low in sugar, fat and salt. They are also high in fibre, which helps to keep us feeling full for longer compared to foods low in fibre. 

Watch out though! Many breakfast cereals contain a lot of sugar which makes them unhealthy choices to eat everyday.  Check out our blog on food labels. The first time you buy a new cereal learn to read the food label to check it is low in sugar, fat and salt. When you’ve found a healthy cereal you won’t need to keep checking the label until you change to a different cereal.

Children (and adults) do not need to add sugar to cereal. Instead, to make breakfast sweeter, experiment with adding different fruits. With so many fruits to choose from breakfast never needs to be boring or the same. You can add fresh, frozen, tinned (in fruit juice not syrup) or dried fruit. For example; banana, raisins, strawberries, blueberries, prunes and many, many more! 

Serve cereal with low fat yoghurt, skimmed, 1% or semi-skimmed milk (children over 5 years). This is a good source of calcium for healthy bones and teeth.

Breakfast isn’t just about cereal. Bread is another healthy choice. Wholemeal bread has more fibre than white bread to keep you feeling full for longer. This could be made in to a sandwich with meat, fish or cheese fillings. Or toasted and served with baked beans or an egg - scrambled, poached, dippy or hard boiled. Aim to add a piece of whole fruit or some vegetables such as tomatoes, mushrooms or lettuce as well.

Less healthy breakfasts

Be careful of some breakfast choices which are higher in sugar or fat. These foods give a short burst of energy but they may not keep children full until lunchtime or keep them focused on their work all morning. Regularly eating these foods can lead to unhealthy weight gain.   

Avoid cereals with lots of sugar. You may be surprised at which cereals are higher in sugar, try to read the food label to make a better choice. Most cereal bars also contain a lot of sugar. Croissants and other pastries are high in fat and should not be an everyday option. If a full English breakfast is fried or cooked in a lot of oil it will be less healthy. Instead grill sausages, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes and poach or scramble eggs.  

Bold ideas for breakfast

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Benefits of Breastfeeding

The first year of life has a big influence on your baby’s health now and in the future. Breastfeeding can help your baby get off to the best start in life. It provides all the nourishment they need for healthy growth and development.

Benefits of Breastfeeding

Breast milk contains all the goodness your baby needs for their first 6 months. Some of the ingredients of breast milk, which help protect your baby against disease, can only be made by your body. Formula milk does not contain these ingredients as they cannot be replicated. The mix of ingredients in breast milk also changes between feeds to respond to your baby’s needs.

If you choose to breastfeed, your baby does not require anything else in their first 6 months. Around this time you will begin weaning them on to solid food. There are lots of benefits to continuing breastfeeding after 6 months as well at the same time as introducing solid foods. The longer you are able to breastfeed your baby the more they will benefit.

There are lots of benefits to breastfeeding both for your baby and for you as a mum. It helps your baby to fight illness and infection. Your risk of breast cancer and ovarian cancer is reduced if you can breastfeed. It burns around 500 calories a day too! Plus breast milk is free. Importantly, breastfeeding can help to strengthen the bond between you and your baby.  

Getting Support with Breastfeeding

It can take some time before you comfortable and confident to breastfeed. You may need some extra support, don’t worry about asking for help lots of mums do. Speak to your Midwife or Health Visitor.

You can also access more information on the Start4Life website, such as advice on positioning your baby, ensuring that they are feeding well and other practical tips. Breastfeeding helplines can answer any questions you may have. 

Breastfeeding Peer Supporters are volunteer mums in your community who have breastfed themselves. They are trained to listen and supply information to support you around breastfeeding; they will also recognise when to direct you to a professional. Find out more from the Peterborough breastfeeding support facebook page.

Baby Cafes are another way of accessing support locally. These are drop-ins to help breastfeeding mums and are run by women trained in offering support in this area.

  • Mondays 1pm-2.30pm, Brewster Avenue Children's Centre. PE2 9PN
  • Tuesdays 1pm-2.30pm East Children's Centre, Durham Road, PE1 5JU
  • Wednesdays 10am-11.30am Honeyhill Children's Centre, Paston, PE4 7DH
  • Thursdays 11.45am-1.45pm Community Room, Serpentine Green Shopping Centre, PE7 8BD

The support of your partner, family and friends can also be really helpful. Start4Life has tips on how partners can help with breastfeeding too.

Healthy Mum

It is important to look after yourself as well as your baby. Try to stay healthy by eating a balanced diet and doing regular physical activity.

The Eatwell Guide gives you more information about which are the right foods to eat and in what amounts for a balanced diet. It is also recommended that all pregnant and breastfeeding mums take a daily supplement of 10mcg of vitamin D.

Adult guidelines are to achieve 150 minutes of physical activity each week to keep heathy. We should all try to reduce the time we spend sitting (being sedentary) for long periods of time as well. 

Children’s Healthy Weight

A healthy weight is important to prevent poor health in childhood and as we become adults.  More children and adults than ever before are overweight or obese. An unhealthy weight can seriously affect children’s physical health and their mental wellbeing.

Whatever your child’s current weight there are lots of small changes you can make which will help the whole family to reach and stay a healthy weight. Eating a range of different foods in the right amounts and doing enough physical activity each day will have huge benefits. 

Why is unhealthy weight an issue?

Being overweight or very overweight harms children and has increased risks as they become adults. These include:

  • Low self esteem
  • Bullying
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Pre-diabetes
  • Bone and joint problems
  • Breathing difficulties
  • More likely to be absent from school due to illness
  • More likely to be overweight as adults

Helping children to reach and stay a healthy weight will reduce their risk of poor health, such as those risks listed above. It will increase their self confidence as well as improving their concentration and behaviour.  Children are fitter and healthier if they are a healthy weight.

How do I tell if my child is a healthy weight?

It can be difficult to tell if a child is a healthy weight or not just by looking at them. The number of children who are overweight or very overweight has been increasing. We are now more used to seeing bigger children which makes it hard to judge by sight or by comparing them with other children who may not be a healthy weight.

If your child is in Reception or Year 6 you will have the choice for them to be weighed and measured at school. The National Child Measurement Programme (NCMP) records the weight and height of 4-5 year olds and 10-11 year olds during their first and last primary school year.  If you have chosen for your child to take part in the NCMP then you will receive a letter home telling you your child’s weight and category; underweight, healthy weight, overweight or very overweight.

If your child is not in these school years you can use the NHS Healthy Weight Calculator to find out if they are a healthy weight. You will need to enter their gender, age, height and weight (make sure that these measurements are accurate) in to the online calculator and it will tell you their weight category.

If you are concerned about your child’s weight you speak to your school nurse or GP.

How can I help my child if they are not a healthy weight?

There are lots of small changes you can make to help your child reach a healthy weight.

Children learn from adults as their role models, so what we do they are likely to copy us. It is important that children see adults doing the same things we are asking them to do. By also changing our diet and exercise behaviour as adults we can enjoy the healthier benefits along with children.

Eating well is important to be a healthy weight. To find out more about the right foods to eat and in what amounts visit Change4Life . 

Daily physical activity is also essential in reaching and staying a healthy weight. Change4Life has lots of ideas to get children moving more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a ‘Healthy Diet’?

Eating a balanced diet is an important part of being healthy. Knowing what a healthy, balanced diet should look like can be confusing though. The Eatwell Guide gives a clearer picture of what we need in order to eat well. Both children and adults should follow the guide.

What a healthy diet looks like

The Eatwell Guide help you eat a healthy, balanced diet. It shows an image of plate divided in to sections which display a variety of different foods. These different types of foods are shown as five main groups:

  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Potatoes, bread, rice pasta and other starchy carbohydrates
  • Beans, pulses fish, eggs, meat and other proteins
  • Dairy and alternatives
  • Oils and spreads

The size of the sections suggests how much of each food group you need to eat. The bigger the section the more you need. Fruit and vegetables are one of the largest sections which mean you should eat lots from this group – at least five portions a day. Some foods should only be eaten in small amounts as the section of the plate is much smaller, such as oils and spreads.

There is one section which is set outside of the main plate, which is the section for foods high in fat, salt and sugar. You do not need these foods in your diet, and by not including them as a section of the main plate it shows you should not eat these very often or in large amounts. Read more about a balanced diet.  

Who is the Eatwell Guide for?

The Guide is recommended for most people, regardless of their weight, ethnicity or preference as a meat eater or vegetarian. Children aged 2 to 5 years should start to follow the guide. Everyone aged 5 and older should eat a healthy, balanced diet shown by the Eatwell Guide. Some people may need to seek advice first, such as people with dietary requirements or medical needs.

When should you use the Eatwell Guide?

Try to follow the Eatwell Guide most of the time. Not every meal or snack you have will include a food from each of the five main sections but aim for a balance over the day and week. Imagine putting all the food you eat in a day or week in to the sections of the Eatwell Guide, would your sections be the same proportion as the guide? If not then consider what you would need to change in your diet, do you need to eat more of some foods and less of others?

Top Tips for a healthy diet

Here are just eight suggestions to help you and your child follow a healthy, balanced diet and lifestyle; 

  1. Include starchy carbohydrates at meals, these include; potatoes, bread, rice pasta and other sources.
  2. Aim to eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables every day.
  3. Eat more fish. It is recommended to eat one portion of oily fish a week, such as; sardines, mackerel, trout, herring, pilchards and salmon.
  4. Cut down on foods high in fat and sugar.
  5. Eat less salt.
  6. Eat well and exercise to reach and stay a heathy weight.
  7. Drink 6-8 glasses of fluid a day. (Plain water and milk are the only tooth friendly drinks for children).
  8. Have breakfast.

 

Keep your head

The Keep Your Head website provides a central point for reliable information and resources on children and young people’s mental health. The site has information on looking after your own wellbeing, as well as details of local services and what to do if a young person is experiencing a mental health crisis. The website is for children, young people, parents/carers, teachers and professionals.

The website includes:

  • Tips for feeling good and staying healthy
  • Details of apps that could help you to look after your mental wellbeing
  • Information on bullying, stress and sleep
  • Specific information on self-harm and suicide and where to go for support
  • Information for teachers and health professionals on referral options and training.

There are also details of a range of local services that can support young people’s mental health, including the 3T’s talking therapies service, the Shelf-Help library book scheme and Kooth online counselling service.

Visit www.keep-your-head.com to find out more!

2017 Peterborough Children's Film Awards

Well done to all the school children who took part in this year's Peterborough Children's Film Awards.

This year's theme was 

  • Healthy Eating - in support of the Healthy Peterborough initiative and what you are doing in the classroom now.
  • Children's Mental Health - How do we look after ourselves when things go wrong? in support of the Peterborough Safeguarding Children's Board 

Here are the winning films:

Children Film Awards 2017 logo


The Fulbridge Academy - Fulbridge Animal Hospital

Winner of Early Years Foundation Stage Category

 

The Peterborough School - Shape of You
Winner of Years 1&2 and Warwick Davis Award - Best Overall Film


The Fulbridge Academy - Mindfulness Club
Winner of Year 3&4 Category


 


Nene Valley Primary School - Stay Strong

Winner of Year 5&6 and Peterborough Safeguarding Children's Board Categories

 

Hampton Hargate Primary School - We are never ever giving back the treasure
Winner of Peterborough Music Hub Best Soundtrack Category

 

8 July - Healthy Peterborough Lifestyle Service Launch

The city’s Healthy Peterborough Lifestyle Service is excited to invite members of the public to celebrate the launch of the service on Saturday 8 July between 10am and 4pm on Bridge Street, outside Peterborough Town Hall. 

This vibrant and entertaining event will be an opportunity to learn about the range of support on offer with a focus on Healthy Body, Healthy Heart and Lungs and Exercise. Free health checks, stop smoking support and exercise demonstrations will run alongside a fun packed day of Bhangras, balloon modelling, stilt walker, face painters, giant bubbles, puppets and Dhol players! 

Peterborough City Council commissioned Solutions4Health to provide information and support to enable residents to make better lifestyle choices and take control of their health.Councillor Diane Lamb, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for public health, will join representatives from Solutions4Health in celebrating this new service. 

Councillor Lamb said: “The new Healthy Peterborough Lifestyle Service has real potential to transform people’s lives and I’m looking forward to the launch event to see the support being offered in practice. 

“Backed up by research we know that changes in lifestyle, for example giving up smoking or taking more exercise, can have a big impact on our long term health. But it can be hard to make changes without support and motivational advice, and that’s where the new Healthy Peterborough service steps in. 

“Whether you want to give up smoking or some tips on integrating exercise into your lifestyle, it’s all going to be on hand. I hope as many people will come along to the event to get a taster of the support and advice on offer. "

Leena Sankla, Director of Public Health & Lifestyle Services at Solutions 4 Health said “We are excited to showcase the amazing support on offer to both children and adults in the city of Peterborough. The event is shaping up to be a real celebration of the diversity and vibrancy of the city as well as highlighting key areas where the Healthy Peterborough service can help residents to understand their health and make a positive change, not only for themselves but for their friends, family and loved ones.” 

Peterborough residents who can’t make it to on the day but are keen to start living a healthier, happier life, can contact the service via;

Telephone: 0800 376 5655 / 01733 590 064
Email: healthy.peterborough@nhs.net
Web: www.healthypeterborough.org.uk

Your guide to childhood illnesses

There are many childhood illnesses that can be treated at home, by a pharmacist or by your GP.

This leaflet gives you some information on some of these illnesses, and lets you know when you should seek urgent medical treatment.

It also lets you know about local health services and it has links to other information you might find useful.

A&E Alternatives

This video describes the NHS services available as alternatives to A&E. A&E should only be used for serious and life-threatening conditions that need urgent medical attention.

To find your nearest NHS service, NHS Walk-in Cente or Minor Illness and Injury Unit visit NHS Choices
For further information about the alternate services available click on these links Self care111Pharmacy, GPMinor Illness and Injury Unit    


Bullying

Bullying can take many forms – verbal abuse, being physically hurt, having things stolen, being left out or online bullying are some of the ways. People might bully someone because of their religion or country they are from, their sexual identity, the way they look or how well they do in school, among other reasons. Bullying can impact on a child’s physical and emotional health, with the effects being long lasting in some cases. Bullying can also affect a child’s experience of school and ability to build relationships.

As a young person, or as an adult who is being bullied, it is important tell someone about it and ask for help. As a parent or carer these are some of the things you can do to support your child, further details of each of these points can be found on the NSPCC website:

  • Talk about bullying with your child
  • Make sure they know who to ask for help
  • Help them relax and take time out
  • Teach them how to stay safe online
  • Talk to your child’s school or club
  • Take further action if the bullying continues
  • Report online videos of bullying.

Locally you can find more information on bullying on the Keep Your Head website.

The Kooth online counselling service and 3Ts talking therapies service both offer emotional support to young people in Peterborough and are free to access. For more information on these services visit the Keep Your Head website.

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Breastfeeding Support In and Around Peterborough

Breast milk is the best form of nutrients you can provide for your baby and has been associated with a number of health benefits, including:

  • Reduction in the risk of infections
  • Reduced likelihood of obesity in childhood and diabetes in the both infant and mother
  • Reduced risk of ovarian/breast cancer in the mother
  • Breastfeeding also has a positive impact on building a strong mother and infant attachment

It is recommended that new babies are exclusively fed breast milk for the first 6 months of life and complemented with solid foods until they are 2 years or beyond. Peterborough is committed to supporting mothers so sustain breastfeeding for as long as possible, so if you are experiencing difficulties, a range of support is available.

If you are pregnant and want to know more about feeding options for your new arrival it is recommended you speak to your midwife or health visitor - there are a range of antenatal classes and feeding workshops you and your partner can attend. You may also want to pop along to a local Baby Cafe and meet some breastfeeding mums yourself to talk about any questions or fears you may have.

If you are a breastfeeding mother and would like some support there are a number of services available.

Midwifery Breastfeeding Clinics:

Community based clinics dedicated to offering mums specialist support and advice if they have gone home but need a bit more help with breastfeeding (until the baby is 4 weeks old). The service is by appointment only and bookings are made by contacting the Midwifery Infant Feeding Team on 01773 677 219.

  • Monday 09:30 - 14:30 Hampton Family Centre, PE7 8BZ
  • Thursday 09:30 - 14:30 Eye Family Centre, PE6 7TD

Health Visitor Breastfeeding Clinics:

This clinic offers specialist breastfeeding support and advice by a trained expert for breastfeeding women with a child of any age. The service is by appointment only and bookings are made by contacting 01773 777 937.

  • Friday 12:00 - 15:00 City Clinic, Wellington Street, PE1 5DY

Baby Cafe:

Drop-in support sessions for breastfeeding women and their families, as well as pregnant women. The service offers qualified support and advice in a relaxed setting with the opportunity to meet other new and/or breastfeeding mothers.

  • Monday 13:00 - 14:30 Brewster Avenue Family Centre, PE2 9PN
  • Tuesday 13:00 - 14:30 East Children’s Centre, PE1 5JU
  • Wednesday 10:00 - 11:30 Honeyhill Children’s Centre, PE4 7DH
  • Thursday 11:45 - 13:45 Serpentine Green Community Room, PE7 8BD

Peterborough Breastfeeding Friendly:

Breastfeeding can not only be hard work but also very time consuming. We want our residents to feel comfortable to get on with their daily lives without being worried about needing to breastfeed their infant whilst being out in public. The Peterborough Breastfeeding Friendly scheme invites local businesses and organisations to take a pledge to promoting a breastfeeding welcome environment for mothers and families - just look out for this sign!

Breastfeeding friendly

If you are a local business and want to know more about getting signed up please look at our getting started guide and our pledge here.

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