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Health Visiting

Health visitors are registered nurses and midwives with an additional community public health qualification. We offer support and practical advice on many aspects of child development as well as family health. 

You can also find lots of information and advice on your baby or young child on our Health and Development pages.

If you have a child aged 0-5 and you live in Bracknell, Wokingham, Reading or West Berkshire, it's really easy to get in touch with the Health Visiting team using the ChatHealth service.You don’t need to give your name and you will be able to get confidential advice and information from us direct to your phone, about any concerns you may have about the health of your baby or child. 

Just send a text message to 07312 263283.

If you need to make or change an appointment, please contact your local health visiting team (please see Contact us section below).

ChatHealth is for parents and carers of babies and children 0-5 and is not used for professionals who need to speak to the Health Visiting Service. Please see the Contact us section below.

ChatHealth doesn’t receive images or pictures. Please be aware that it is not a live chat session and we will aim to respond to all messages within 24 hours.

The Health Visiting Team works in partnership with children and families, as well as other professionals such as health, education, social care and voluntary organisations to provide health support which is tailored to individual needs. Our skill mix team comprises of staff nurses, registered nurses with training in maternal and child health, and nursery nurses who are qualified in child development and have relevant training in child-related issues such as sleep, behaviour issues and healthy eating.

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Who are health visitors

We can provide locally designed health visiting services for all families with children under five in Bracknell, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire. We aim to help children get the best possible start in life.

As part of your local Universal Healthy Child Programme, we provide appointments to review your child’s health and development, and advice and support on subjects such as staying healthy, healthy eating and weaning, stopping smoking, feeding your baby, teething, immunisations, mental well-being and postnatal depression, your child’s growth and development, sleep, behaviour, fussy eating, potty training and common childhood illnesses.

We offer help for families and children who require additional support, for example with parenting skills, breastfeeding and childhood nutrition. We can also arrange support from other professionals.

Breastfeeding support

Berkshire Healthcare Health Visiting Service is proud to be accredited by UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative.

You can speak with any member of our health visiting service if you need any support or help with breastfeeding. Our experienced staff will be able to listen to your concerns and work out a plan of care for you. This may be a home visit, an appointment in our breastfeeding clinics or some top tips to try at home.  Visit our infant feeding pages for more information.

Giving us your feedback

If you have used our health visiting service, your feedback would be appreciated as it will help us to develop and improve our services.

Our health visiting teams continue to offer the Healthy Child Programme through virtual or face to face contacts or at appointment only clinics.

When you move into a new area, this contact will be offered to families meeting our specific criteria.

We offer the following contact:

Antenatal contact

This first contact is mainly delivered through our online presentation which we will contact you about, and you can also find on on our antenatal page along with lots more information and advice. You may need to meet your health visitor before your baby arrives, this will be arranged by consultation with your midwife and your health visitor.

New birth contact (Day 10-14)

This first contact will be in your home with your health visitor.

6-8-week postnatal contact

Our second contact with you will also be face to face, in a clinic setting with our staff nurses or nursery nurses.

9-12-month development review

This contact is being delivered face to face in a clinic setting with our staff nurses or nursery nurses.

2-2½ year development review

This contact is being delivered face to face in a clinic setting with our staff nurses or nursery nurses.

Well Baby clinics

Our Well Baby clinics are an opportunity for you to have your baby weighed, and get support and advice from our team of excellent health visitors.

Weighing your baby is a way of checking that they are growing as expected.It can give you peace of mind and also help to identify whether there are any problems affecting their development. The Healthy Child Programme recommends that you weigh your baby no more than once a month until your baby is six months old, then no more than every two months until they are one year.

Our clinics run on a drop in system and are open to all. Please bear with us if we are busy. There may be a wait to speak to a health visitor or to self weigh your baby.

During school holidays and extreme weather conditions, opening times may vary. Please check before attending.

Wokingham Well Baby clinics

For babies 28 weeks and under.

Day Time Location
Friday 24 November 1.15-2.45pm Brambles Children's Centre, Budges Gardens, Wokingham RG40 1PX
Thursday 7 December 10.15-11.45am Finchampstead Baptist Church, Gorse Ride N, Finchampstead, RG40 4ES
Monday 11 December 1.15-245pm

Starlings Childrens Centre, Colleton Dr, Twyford, Reading RG10 0AX

Thursday 14 December 10.15-11.45am Red Kite Children's Centre, Chestnut Crescent, Reading RG2 9EJ
Wednesday 20 December 10.15-11.45am Ambleside Children's Centre, Ambleside Close The Ambleside Centre Woodley, Sandford RG5 4JJ
Friday 29 December 1.15-2.45pm Brambles Children's Centre, Budges Gardens, Wokingham RG40 1PX

There are no clinics at Starling's chidlren's centre in October.

Please note that at Brambles, Red Kite, and Starlings children’s centres there is no parking on site. Please be considerate of residents when street parking. Brambles children’s centre is accessed via the Ashridge Nursery pathway ion Budges Road.

Please could we ask that buggies/prams are not brought into the centres but left in the buggy parks outside as available/in the car where possible due to limited space.

Reading Well Baby clinics 

Day Time Location
3rd Monday of each month 1.30-3.30pm Sun Street Children's Centre, Sun Street, Reading RG1 3JX
Every Tuesday 10am-12pm Salvation Army, Anstey Road Reading RG1 7JR
1st Wednesday of each month 1.30-3.30pm Whitley Children’s Centre, 253 Northumberland Avenue, Reading RG2 7PJ Register here
2nd Wednesday of each month 9.30-11.30am Caversham Children's Centre, 114 Amersham Rd, Caversham, Reading RG4 5NA
1st Thursday of each month 9.30-11.30am Ranikhet Children's Centre, Dee Park Community Building, Thurso Close, Reading RG30 4GD
4th Thursday of each month 9.30-11.30am Southcote Children’s Centre, 85 Coronation Square, Reading RG30 3QP

West Berkshire Well Baby clinics

For babies 9 months and under.
There is no need for an appointment, just turn up. Last entry is 12 noon prompt - if you arrive after this time, it may not be possible to see you.

Day Time Location
Every Tuesday EXCEPT the 1st Tuesday of each month 10.30am-12pm Theale Village Hall, Englefield Road, Theale, Reading RG7 5AS
Every Friday EXCEPT the 4th Friday of each month 10.30am-12pm Central Family Hub, Park Lane, Thatcham RG18 3PG
Every Thursday 10.30am-12pm Central Family Hub, Park Lane, Thatcham RG18 3PG

Bracknell Well Baby clinics

Open weekly. 

Day Time Location
Mondays 9.30-11.30am Alders Children’s Centre Sandhurst GU47 0QE
Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am Willows Children’s Centre, Priestwood, Bracknell RG42 1TU
Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am Oaks Children’s Centre, Great Hollands School RG12 8QN
Thursdays 9.30-11.30am Rowans Children's Centre, Fox Hill School RG12 7JZ

Breastfeeding support

We also run a drop in breastfeeding support clinic each Thursdayand Friday. Come along and join us for a drink and a chat, make new friends and gain support and information for your breastfeeding journey.


Time Location


2.15-4pm Salvation Army, Anstey Road, Reading RG1 7JR


1.30-3pm Central Family Hub, Park Lane, Thatcham RG18 3PG

Antenatal sessions

If you are due to have a baby in the next couple of months, the Health Visiting Team warmly invite you to attend one of their antenatal sessions. We'll talk to you all about how the Health Visiting Team will support you, and answer any questions you may have. This will be a group session so you will be in the company of others about to embark on their parenthood journey and those about to expand their family. You are welcome to bring one guest along with you. We are really looking forward to meeting you all.

These sessions are offered by invite from your local Health Visiting team. If you have not received an invite and are more than 36 weeks pregnant, please contact us via our ChatHealth text message service for information on how to attend a local session. Text 07312 263283

Text us

If you have a child aged 0-5 and could do with some advice, you can text a member of the health visiting team in confidence using our ChatHealth service.

Perhaps you have some worries about breastfeeding or bottle feeding, child development, toileting, sleep, behaviour, parenting, food and nutrition, or their health.

Send a text to 07312 263283 and we’ll text you back to chat.

ChatHealth is available if you live in Bracknell, Wokingham, Reading and West Berkshire.

ChatHealth doesn’t receive images or pictures. Please be aware that it is not a live chat session and we will aim to respond to all messages within 24 hours.

ChatHealth is a text service only and has successfully supported to date over 2,500 families. We appreciate it is a new and different way of contacting our Health Visiting team and ask that you bear with us while we adapt to using this service. Texting can be an easier way for us to be able to provide you with links and websites that will further support and reassure you with whatever your concerns are. 

We might inform someone if we were concerned about your safety but we would usually speak to you first. Your messages are stored and can be seen by other health care staff who follow the same confidentiality rules. We aim to reply to you within one working day and you should get an immediate message back to confirm we have received your text. Texts will only be seen between Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm. If you need help before you hear back from us contact your GP, nearest walk in centre or dial 111. Our text number does not receive voice calls or MMS picture messages. We support messaging from UK mobile numbers only (which does not include messages sent from landlines, international mobile numbers and some 'number masking' mobile apps). To prevent the health professional from sending messages to you, text STOP to our number. Messages are charged at your usual rates.

To speak about your appointment

Please call the relevant number below. 

Bracknell: 0300 365 6000 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm)
Wokingham: 0300 365 7000 (Mon-Fri 9am-2pm)
Reading: 0118 904 7100 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm)
West Berkshire: 0300 303 3944 (Mon-Fri 9am-4.30pm)

Our teams continue to visit families in the home and may be wearing appropriate personal protective equipment for the duration of the contact. If you have a scheduled appointment with our teams and either you or a member of your family have symptoms of COVID-19, please call your locality health visiting service on the number above to reschedule your appointment.

For Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead

Berkshire Healthcare do not provide Health Visiting services in Slough or Windsor and Maidenhead. Local contact details for services provided in these areas are below.


01753 373464 / 0800 7723578 /

Windsor and Maidenhead: 


Health visitor 0300 365 6523
School nurses 01628 682979
MASH 01628 683150 

If you work with children and families

If you work with children and families and need to speak to our Health Visiting services, please get in touch via email. The email addresses you need are:

Bracknell Forest:



West Berkshire: or for non safeguarding issues: