Suffolk Family Nurse Partnership Celebrate with annual Christmas Party
The Family Nurse Partnership held their annual Christmas Party last week, celebrating their families’ achievements over the last year.
The annual Christmas party, held at The Willows Children’s Centre in Ipswich last Thursday (14th December), brought 12 families together and included activities for children such as face painting, arts and crafts, and a sensory room.
The Christmas craft activities focused on parent and child sensory activities and provided a great opportunity for parents to meet.
The Family Nurse Partnership programme is a home visiting programme for first-time young mums and families. Specially trained registered nurses work with first-time mothers 19 and under, helping them have a healthy pregnancy, improve their child’s health and development and plan their own futures. The visits begin during early pregnancy and continue for two years following birth.
Families in the partnership meet their family nurse regularly at times which suit them. They work on lots of different aspects of their pregnancy together, including parent-child attachment, breastfeeding, immunising their baby, child development and school readiness.
Abdul Razaq Director of Public Health and Protection said:
“The Family Nurse Partnership (FNP) is an early intervention and preventative programme. FNP intervention has been associated with improvements in maternal and child health, improved child development and safeguarding and economic security.
“Your family nurse will fit the programme around you and your specific needs, helping to improve self-confidence as well as supporting on other issues such as mental health, anxiety, housing and stopping smoking. The partnership enables young parents to develop positive relationships with and understand the needs of their child and to make choices that will give their child the best possible start in life.”
For more information, visit www.fnp.nhs.uk.
Alternatively you can email CYP.FNP@suffolk.gcsx.gov.uk or phone the Willows Children's Centre on 01473 602150.