Developments and health reviews

Health and development reviews

All children living in Sutton are invited to have a health and development review at:

  • 10-14 days

  • 6-8 weeks

  • 9-12 months

  • 2 – 2 1/2 year reviews

The first review at 10-14 days is done by a Health Visitor at home; this is sometimes referred to as a ‘new-birth visit’. The Health Visitor will contact you to arrange this visit when they have received information from the maternity department that your baby was born at.

At the first review you will be given a date for the Health Visitor to review your baby when they are 6 weeks old. This review will be offered at home or at your local Children’s Centre with a Health Visitor. This review is in addition to the appointment you will have to see your GP for an 8 week baby review and first immunisations.

When your child is 9 months old and 2 years old, you will receive a letter from the Health Child Programme Administration Team inviting you to ring up and book an appointment for your child to have a health and development review. You will also be sent an Ages and Stages questionnaire to complete at home and bring to your appointment. These reviews are done by either a Health Visitor or Community Nursery Nurse.

Although the Health Visiting service offers these reviews at these ages, developmental reviews can be requested if you have any concerns about your child’s development. You can also access the ‘drop in’ well child clinics if you are concerned about your child and if the Health Visitor feels a developmental review is required they will book you a 1-1 appointment with a member of your team.

To book a developmental review or to talk to a Health Visitor please contact the Healthy Child Programme Administration Team on 0208 661 3904.

Use the chart below to see around when your child may gain certain skills and learn new things.

The ages given are averages and many children will gain one skill earlier than another. If you are worried about your child’s development speak to your health visitor.

Age Developments

I am 12 months

I am due for my developmental review with the Health Visiting team and for my Hib/Men C, PCV, Men B and MMR vaccinations at the GP surgery.

I am 12-18 months

I will:

  • Start to take an interest in words.

  • Gain more independence, I may begin to feed myself and want to take off my own clothes.

  • Begin to enjoy playing and building with bricks.

I am 18 months-2 years

  • I will start kicking and throwing balls.

  • I will know a range of single words and talk in short sentences.

  • I may be ready for potty training, although this may take a bit longer.

  • I may start to enjoy drawing and scribbling.

I am 2-2.5 years

  • I am due for my developmental review with the Health Visiting team.

  • I may be ready for potty training.

  • I am entitled to free early education (if I meet the criteria).

Flu vaccine - I will be vaccinated in the September or October after my 2nd birthday to protect me over the winter.

I am 3-4 years

  • I am due to have my 4-in-1 and second dose of MMR vaccinations at 40 months.

  • I am entitled to free early education.

Flu vaccine - I will be vaccinated in the September or October after my 3rd birthday to protect me over the winter.

I am 4-5 years

  • The school nurse will review my weight and height in school and undertake a health screen.

  • I am becoming school ready.

  • My health needs and on-going reviews are handed over to the school nurse.