Child and Family Health at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick

Contact details: 

For all clinic appointments please call (02) 9382 0933.

Please note that clinic hours are 9am - 12pm and 2pm - 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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The Child and Family Health service cares for new parents and babies in the community following discharge from maternity services.

The service is free-of-charge and made up of a team of expert Child and Family Health nurses from Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick who monitor the growth and development of children over the early years of life, while also providing advice and support for parents.

Child and Family Health nurses offer parent information on many topics including: child health and development, practical parenting tips, nutrition, breastfeeding, sleep and settling, communication, play and safety, nutrition, oral health, post natal depression, fathering, balancing work and family life, play, injury prevention, SIDS and immunisation.

Support groups

The Child and Family Health service provides opportunities for new families to network with each other and other services within the community. This is done through the following key activities:

New parents groups
These groups are for first-time parents with babies aged 0-8 weeks.  They are held at the Early Childhood Health Centres over a four week period. A booking is necessary to attend the group. Please discuss with the nurse when you are seen for your 1-4 week check to book in.


Development checks  
You will receive your child's personal health record, also known as the Blue Book, from the maternity hospital at the time of your child's birth. The Blue Book contains the recommended schedule of health checks for your child that can be carried out by the Child and Family Health service, as well as other information including your child's immunisation record.

The Child and Family Health Service offers child health and development checks at the following recommended ages:

  • 1-4 weeks
  • 6-8 weeks
  • 6 months
  • 12 months
  • 18 months
  • 2 years
  • 3 years
  • 4 years

The checks are important as babies grow rapidly and minor difficulties can become serious health or developmental problems if left. Prior to each health check it is important to complete the parent's assessment questions appropriate to your child's age. This will assist the nurse to provide the most appropriate care and advice for you and your child.

Outside of these scheduled health checks if you have any worries or concerns that you would like to discuss with a Child & Family health nurse you can attend a drop-in session at one of our clinics.

To make an appointment for any Blue Book health check, please call: 02 9382 0933.

If your child was born overseas or interstate you can obtain a copy of the Personal Health Record from:

Better Health Centre (02) 9887 5450 bhc@nsccahs.health.nsw.gov.au


Breastfeeding support groups

These groups are run by lactation consultants, on a drop-in basis, for families of any age baby who are experiencing difficulties with breastfeeding. Each Early Childhood Health Centre has nurses available to provide general feeding support and advice.

Due to the drop-in nature of these groups it is possible that you may have to wait to be seen. Your understanding is appreciated.

Locations and times:

  • Eastgardens Early Childhood Health Centre - Monday 9 - 11am
  • Waverley Early Childhood Health Centre - Thursday 9 - 11am
  • Kings Cross Early Childhood Health Centre - Wednesday 9 - 11am


Service eligibility

Referrals are not necessary; Child and Family Health nurses will make contact with you after receiving the birth notification from the midwifery services soon after the birth of your child.

Information relating to Child and Family Health services is contained in the Personal Health Record or Blue Book that you received at the birth of your baby. You may also contact us on discharge from hospital.

To make an appointment for any Blue Book health check, please call: 02 9382 0933.

Cost

There is no fee for services provided by the Child and Family Health service.

Early Childhood Health Centres

Clinic opening days and times can change without notice depending on staff availability and all visits require an appointment, other than for Drop-in and Breastfeeding Support groups.

Bondi

  • Opening hours: Monday-Thursday from 9am-noon and from 2-4pm
  • Drop-in clinic: Monday 9am-noon and no appointment is necessary
  • Phone: 9310 2838
  • Address: corner of Wairoa Ave and Brighton Boulevard
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Botany

  • Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday, 9am-noon and 2pm-4pm
  • Drop-in clinic: Wednesday 9am-noon, no appointment necessary
  • Address: Arthur Park, 1242 Botany Road (corner of Chelmsford Ave) Botany 2019
  • Phone: 9695 7578
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Double Bay

  • Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday, 9am-noon and 2pm-4pm
  • Drop-in clinic: Tuesday 9am-noon, no appointment necessary
  • Phone: 9327 4649
  • Address:1 Cross Street, Double Bay, 2028
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East Gardens

  • Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-noon and 2pm-4pm
  • Drop-in clinic: Tuesday: 9am-noon, no appointment necessary
  • Information sessions: 2nd Thursday of each month 10am-11am by appointment only
  • Breastfeeding Support Group: Monday 9-11am, no appointment necessary
  • Phone: 93140521
  • Address: Suite 510, Level 4, Business Tower, Westfield Shopping Centre, 152 Bunnerong Road, Eastgardens 2036
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Kings Cross

  • Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday, 9am-noon and 2pm-4pm
  • Drop-in clinic: Thursday: 9am-noon, no appointment necessary
  • Breastfeeding Support Group: Wednesday 9am-11am, no appointment necessary
  • Phone: 02 83746311
  • Address: 19 Greenknowe Avenue, Potts Point, 2011
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Paddington

  • Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-noon and 2pm-4pm
  • Drop-in clinic: Thursday 9am-noon, no appointment necessary
  • Phone: 9380 4295
  • Address: Corner Young and Oxford Streets, Paddington, 2021
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Randwick

  • Opening hours: Monday-Friday, 9am-noon and 2pm-4pm
  • Drop-in clinic: Thursday: 9am-noon, no appointment necessary
  • Information sessions: 4th Friday of each month, 3pm -4pm, by appointment only. Contact clinic directly.
  • Phone: 9398 3815
  • Address: Level 1, The Library, Royal Randwick Shopping Centre, Belmore Road, Randwick 2031
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  • Randwick Thursday New Parents Group 2pm - 4pm (bookings essential - speak with nurse at 1-4 week check)
  • Address: Sydney Children's Hospital Community Health Centre, 253 Avoca St, Randwick 2031(corner Avoca & Barker Sts)
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Waverley

  • Opening hours: Monday-Thursday, and occasional Fridays 9am-noon and 2pm-4pm
  • Drop-in clinic: Tuesday: 9am-noon, no appointment necessary
  • Information sessions: 1st Thursday of each month, 2pm -3pm, by appointment only. Contact the clinic directly.
  • Breastfeeding Support Group: Thursday 9am -11am, no appointment necessary
  • Phone: 9387 1981
  • Address: 25 Ebley Street, Bondi Junction 2022 (entrance on Lawson St)
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Developmental clinic

A consultation and assessment services for preschool children, referred because of concerns about their developmental progress, is available. Physical health and overall development of skills or specific areas of development, such as language, fine motor (drawing, puzzles), gross motor (running, jumping, ball skills), social skills and behaviour, is assessed.

The services are confidential and are available to children and their families who reside in the area (La Perouse through to inner Eastern Sydney) with parental knowledge and permission. Parents, family, doctors, school teachers, school counsellors, welfare workers, early childhood nurses, other health workers or agencies can make referrals.

The department also has a behavioural clinic for school-aged children, where there are concerns around behaviour and learning.

Aboriginal health clinics

Paediatric clinics are provided at the La Perouse Community Health Centre (a collaboration between Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, Prince of Wales Hospital, the Royal Hospital for Women, Sydney/Sydney Eye Hospital, and the Aboriginal Medical Service at Redfern). Children will be seen for general medical, developmental, learning difficulties, behavioural and adolescent health issues.

The La Perouse Health Centre also delivers an Aboriginal Parent Program which aims to improve Aboriginal children's health and parents’ educational opportunities and social connectedness. Health screening of preschool Aboriginal children at Gujaga Childcare centre is also provided.

These clinics offers a range of free services for new parents, including home visits, blue book checks and drop-in clinics.

  • Monday: Visits by appointment only
  • Tuesday: Drop-in 10am – 1pm at La Perouse Clinic
  • Wednesday: Drop-in 11am – 1pm at Malabar Clinic
  • Thursday: Paediatric Clinic and Ngala Nanga Mai Parent Program at La Perouse

All Child and Family Health Services provided by Child and Family Health Nurse,  Amy and Aboriginal Health Officer, Lola.

  • Amy: 0434 322 241 (Monday - Thursday)
  • Lola: 0410 455 032 (Monday - Friday)

See also Aboriginal health services at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick 

Refugee health clinic

A dedicated refugee child health clinic is now established. This provides multi-disciplinary assessment of nutritional status, infectious diseases, development and other identified problems as required. Initial assessment and follow-up care is provided. Referral from General Practitioners, Paediatricians or refugee services is required. Paediatricians at Sydney Children’s Community Health Centre can be contacted for advice as required.

See also Refugee Health at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.

Support services

  • Australian Breastfeeding Association 
    Provides support, education and advice for mothers to enable and continue breastfeeding.
  • Raising Children Network 
    Provides information for parents to help with day-to-day situations of raising children, from pregnancy to teenagers.
  • Karitane 
    Works with parents and children from birth to five years of age to provide advice, antenatal support, services to alleviate parental depression and anxiety, and initiatives for managing toddler behaviour and other issues.
  • Tresillian 
    Offers guidance to parents in the early stages of their child’s life in areas such as settling a baby, post-natal depression, nutrition and breastfeeding.
  • Families NSW 
    A NSW Government initiative to help enhance the health and wellbeing of children up to 8 years and their families.
  • I've Been There 
    A useful website for young parents to find out more about pregnancy and parenting, as well as some of the mental health problems that are common during this period.
  • Resourcing Parents 
    Provides education and practical information for parents and carers of children aged 0-18 years, and includes a Parenting Education calendar detailing upcoming events and programs.