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Young Parent Pathway

  • 0-1 Years
  • 11-19 Years
  • Parents and Carers
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This is an optional service for new parents under 19 years old

The Young Parent Pathway service provides extra support and guidance to new parents under 19 years old. The support will be provided on top of the visits from your health visitor. It will be available from pregnancy until your child is 1 years old.

The Young Parent Pathway is designed to provide tailored help and support to you and your baby. We want to help you to be the type of parent you want to be for your baby. There is no one way to be a good parent. Our pathway will be changed to meet your wants, needs and cultural or lifestyle choices.

Young Parent Nursery Nurse

As part of the Young Parent Pathway, you will be visited regularly by a Young Pathway Nursery Nurse. You will be seeing the same Young Parent Nursery Nurse throughout the pathway.

Your Young Parent Nursery Nurse will:

  • help you understand the latest information and advice for new parents
  • discuss the basics of parenthood such as feeding your baby, how to cope when your baby is crying and keeping your baby safe
  • talk you through the common concerns that new parents have like how to build a relationship with your baby and helping your baby’s development
  • signpost you to useful resources such as educational support, where to find funding for further education and career advice
  • let you know about local events, groups and workshops for new parents in your area
  • answer any questions you have

In the Young Parent Pathway, I have loved how caring and non-judgemental the staff are. I felt like I could speak about anything I wanted. I never got a funny look, only good advice.

Title/ What is the Young Parent Pathway?

The Young Parent Pathway will be offered to you if you are aged 19 or under to give you extra support when you become a new parent. This is in addition to your visits you will have from your Health Visitor. If you agree to the Young Parent Pathway, you'll be given your own Young Parent Nursery Nurse, who will do extra visits before your baby's born and will carry on seeing you until they are aged one.

Title/ How often would you see your Nursery Nurse?

When you are pregnant, we will usually visit you four times before the baby's born. We focus on building relationships, learning from your baby, feeding and safe sleep, as well as preparing for your baby. In your baby's first year, we normally visit you when your baby's 4 weeks, 10 to 12 weeks, 4 months, 6 months, 8 to 9 months, and a year. These are key ages for your child, so your Nursery Nurse will support you through these stages of development to help your baby grow.

Title/ How will having a Young Parent Nursery Nurse help you?

As your Young Parent Nursery Nurse, we can help you understand all the latest evidence and advice to make choices that work best for you and your baby. We will get to know you and what is important to you and your family and your baby. During the visits we will talk to you about lots of things new parents like to know, such as how to understand what your baby needs, how to build a strong relationship and bond, and how to help your baby's development so they can get the best start. We will also talk to you about all the practical things of being a new parent, such as feeding your baby; how to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS); home safety; and how to cope when your baby's crying. We will answer all the questions you have and tell you about all the local stuff happening in your area for new parents. 

Since being with this programme, I've gained so much confidence. Michelle reassured of me about breastfeeding in public. I got asked once if I was going to cover up while feeding my newborn in a restaurant. I asked why and was told the other people are eating and might want to see that. But I had the confidence to tell them that's exactly what my baby is doing, so why do I need to hide his basic needs? This is something I would have never had the confidence to do alone without the support. I feel like being on the pathway and having someone who will listen to anything, has helped me be more laid back and not care what other people think of me or what I'm doing because it's my child that I'm focussed on. It helped me stand up for me and my son. Whether it's keeping him safe or meeting his needs.

Title/ How do I sign up for this fantastic service for young parents?

When your Health Visitor comes to see you and pregnancy, they will tell you a bit more about the program. If you think you would like the extra visits, your Young Parent Nursery Nurse will arrange to meet you. If you're not sure it's for you, we can call you and have a chat so you can find out more. 

Being on the Young Parent Pathway I have gained a lot of knowledge I didn't know and continue to learn new things the older my baby gets. I've also gained a trust within myself that I didn't have during pregnancy due to such positive encouragement from the team.


The nurse will visit you 4 times during the pregnancy. Then once your baby is born, we will visit you when your baby is:

  • 4 weeks old
  • 10 to 12 weeks old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 8 to 9 months old
  • 1 year old

These visits are a great opportunity to ask questions and raise any concerns you have about parenthood. During their visits we will get to know you and find out about what’s important to you and your family.

Your Young Parent Nursery Nurse is there to help you make informed choices that will work best for you and your baby.

Visits before your baby arrives

During the pregnancy you will see your Young Parent Nursery Nurse 4 times. We will talk to you about a range of different things and will provide demonstrations and advice on the basics of taking care of your baby.

Visits with your baby

Once your baby is born you will see your Young Parent Nursery Nurse 6 times. We will check-in with you to see how you're doing as a new parent, talk about your child's development and answer any questions you have.

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Information for partners

The Young Parents Pathway service is for both parents, not just the parent giving birth. We warmly welcome any parent that wants to be involved during pregnancy and once your baby is born.

We encourage you to join in during the visits and demonstrations and ask questions!



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If you're going to become a new dad, you may find downloading the DadPad app helpful! It has information for new dads that will help them before and after the baby arrives. 

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How to opt-in

This service is an opt-in service. Your health visitor will let you know about this service during their first visit in pregnancy. You can opt-in to get some extra help and have a Young Pathway Nursery Nurse.

Once you have opted-in to the service, you will receive a call from your Young Pathway Nursery Nurse to arrange a visit. This visit can be wherever you choose, you can have it at home or out and about.

If you are unsure if you want to opt-in, you can ask to speak to a Young Pathway Nursery Nurse on the phone and find out more about the pathway service.


Who you can contact

If you have any questions or concerns about the Young Parent Pathway our team will be able to offer advice and support.

You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation.

Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).

How our services have made a difference

Take a look at the feedback from other young parents who have used the Young Parents Pathway service.

I feel like being on the pathway and having someone who will listen to anything has just helped me be more laid back and not care what other people think of me or what I am doing because it’s my child that I focused on.


I’ve been more aware of what will or can potentially help or make you more aware to help your child develop well with tasks given and being safe with the care that’s given.


Having someone other than a family member or a friend that you can speak to, not only about your baby but your own emotions was very comforting and always eased my anxiety


Have your say

Please tell us about your recent experience with any of our services by answering a few simple questions. We want to hear about what you felt went well and what you think we could do differently. 

Your voice makes a difference and helps us improve our services for you and other families.

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