Early Years, Children & Young People

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[posted 05.05.2022]

Is my baby ready for weaning?

As part of the campaign, a 'weaning hub1' is available on the Better Health Start for Life website to help parents introduce solid foods to their baby.

Packed with NHS-endorsed advice, videos and tips, plus simple, healthy recipes, it puts everything parents need to know in one place. 

Weaning Hub

Start for Life

[posted 24.03.22]

Bring learning to life: 50 things to do before you’re five

Parents and carers of under-fives in Oxfordshire can now access a list of low and no-cost local activities to help promote early language development thanks to a new free app developed by Oxfordshire County Council. Find out more here.


50 Things To Do Before You’re Five gives you 50 activities that parents and carers can support their children to try out and repeat. Each of the 50 Things have been carefully developed by education experts and early years practitioners following consultation with parents, and we’ve made sure that children with special education needs are included and that each of the 50 Things means something across our culturally diverse communities.


Protecting against HPV infection to help reduce risk of cancer.

The universal HPV immunisation programme

The HPV vaccine has been offered to all girls in school year 8 for over 10 years. From September 2019 the vaccine will also be offered to year 8 boys. This is because the evidence is clear that the HPV vaccine helps protect both boys and girls from HPV-related cancers.

For further information please click on the link below

HPV vaccination leaflet

School Health Nurse

If you have a child aged 5 - 11 years attending a primary school in Banbury, Burford or Carterton parents can contact the school health nurse team directly to request help or advice for their child.

For children at Banbury primary schools please telephone 01865 904234.

Further information on the service is available on the link below.


Oxfordshire Health Visiting Team

Delivering guidance and support to parents of babies and toddlers.

Tel 01865 904 440

Click on the link below for full details.

Heath Visiting Team - how we can help

If parents wish to weigh their baby or toddler or if the query isn't urgent you can attend the Banbury weekly well baby clinics:

Wednesdays 10am - 12 noon                        Thursday 10am - 11am

East Street Children's Centre, Grimsbury       Sunshine Centre, Bretch Hill

Baby Lunchbox

Health Visitors run a drop in clinic every Friday 9.30 - 11.30 am for practical feeding advice and support from pregnancy, birth and beyond.

East Street Children's Centre

Calder Close, Banbury, OX16 3WR

Please click on the link below for further clinic locations, contact details and other resources.

Baby Lunchbox

Do you have a child at primary school that gets anxious and worried?

At standing in the gap we know...

families come in many different shapes and sizes. However sometimes families need advice and support to help the children manage BIG emotions. BIG emotions include fear, anxiety, anger and bereavement. 

Often when children become anxious its hard as parents and teachers to know what to do for the best. Do we ignore it, reassure them or hope its a phase they will grow out of.  If your child is a worrier come along with them and learn about what anxiety is, using our crazy doorbell. Find out what can help and what techniques as parents you can use to help your child to move forward.

Standing in the gap off free workshops to help children 0-11 manage big emotions

Workshops take place every month in the community room at Waitrose store on Southam Road Banbury.

Please click on the link below for further information.

Managing the wibbles and wobbles of anxiety

Baby and child vaccination schedule.


The Oxfordshire health visiting and school health service is running ChatHealth Parentline, a direct messaging service for use by parents and young people.


More information is available here

Text lines are open for parents and young people to ‘Chat Health’ - Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust


This confidential messaging service runs Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm and responds within 24hrs of receiving a message.

The service is accessed via the following numbers:


Parentline for children aged 0 – 4: 07312 263081

Parentline for children aged 5 – 11: 07312 263227

ChatHealth for children aged 11 – 19: 07312 263084


There are also direct links to service information on the ChatHealth website:

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