Bright Start: Under 5s and Children’s Centres

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The full healthy child programme is still being delivered. Contacts from the health visiting service are being managed as a ‘blended offer’ with face to face contacts in your own home and in local health centres by appointment as well as video or audio contacts.

Please note that childhood immunisations continue as normal.

Health Visitor information

We are continuing to work with you face to face if you are happy to see us in your home or in a clinic setting. We will be contacting you if you are pregnant, have a new baby or your child is due any developmental reviews but you can contact us too. If you know your health visitor call the number given to you in your red book. We also have 1 duty line operating between 9am-5pm and this has a voicemail facility too: 020 3316 8008.

All families with children 0-5 have access to a Bright Start health visiting team. If you are unsure which team you come under, you can check this by contacting the Islington 0-19 team on 020 3316 8008.

The Bright Start Health Visiting teams work together with all families and the early years services, to provide information and support, facilitating the Bright Start vision, which is to reduce stressors and build resilience in families, so that children will be happy, safe and active, learning and developing physically, emotionally and socially to their full potential. Underpinning the work the Bright Start health visitors deliver are four key principles.

These are:

  • the search for health needs
  • the stimulation of an awareness of health needs
  • the influence on policies affecting health
  • the facilitation of health-enhancing activities.

We do this by taking a lead on the delivery of the Healthy Child Programme, which takes the form of five mandated visits.

  1. Antenatal Contact between 28-36 weeks of pregnancy
  2. The New Birth Visit 10-14 days after delivery.
  3. The 6-8 week health visitor review
  4. The 12-15 month developmental review
  5. The 24-30 month developmental review.

Find more information on what to expect from the Health Visiting Service.

Find details of activities and services in each Bright Start area. 

Bright Start Breastfeeding Support

Breastfeeding support continues and will provide extra support via phone and video calls to mums. Health professionals or mums can leave a message on the helpline answerphone and should receive a response within 24 hours. There will be an appointment-only clinic once a week for mums who need to be seen face to face. Mums can be booked in by the infant feeding team, please call the helpline. 

t: 020 3316 8439 (breastfeeding helpline)

Bright Start family support, part of Islington's Early Help services, provides outreach, individual assistance and signposting services for families with under-fives in local neighbourhoods.

Working in local children’s centres, family support workers act as a bridge and resource for families who need help with accessing services. They also introduce families to their local children’s centre activities. Bright Start venues are places where parents can meet other parents, support each other, and can make their voice heard by getting involved in designing and reviewing local services.

Bright Start services and activities

  • Childcare and early education
  • Stay and play sessions: toys and activities for under 5s 
  • Child health clinics 
  • Health visiting
  • Parenting programmes
  • Free healthy start vitamins
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Breastfeeding support and infant feeding advice
  • Benefits advice
  • Help with finding work  

Eligibility criteria


  • parents-to-be and parents and carers of children under 5 years

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs, Nurses

EMIS form

Referral methods: Email

  • patients can get family support advice Monday to Friday, 9am to 12 noon, 020 7527 8376 and may then be referred for a family support assessment if necessary
  • patients can find details of activities on the Bright Start timetable which includes booking referral details
  • view timetables of sessions
  • alternatively, phone the Family Information Service for details

t: 020 7527 5959