"My son's 2 year check"

About: City Health Care Partnership CIC / Health visiting

(as a parent/guardian),

My son has recently had his 2 year check. However this check was not with my Health visitor, which I previously thought, it was with a Nursery nurse.

I work in Early Years as an Area Co-ordinator for 4 nurseries. The recent amendments to the Early Year Foundation Stage (EYFS) state in the welfare requirements that a 2 year individual summary must be completed for both the parents and the Health Visitor to see at the child's 2 year Developmental check. However, when I gave my 2 year individual summary to the Nursery Nurse she put it under her paper work and did not seem interested in this. She began the check, which consisted of her asking me the majority of the questions about my child. At the end of the check I asked her what she was going to do with the 2 Year Individual Summary and she said that she had not seen one before and that she had not been told what to do with them, so she will not be using it.

I came away feeling angry that Health visitors/Nursery Nurses did not know about this, as I thought it was the purpose of the check, to bridge the gap between multi-professional working and to reduce children slipping through the net. Has any one else had this problem?

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Response from Tracy Vickers, Operational Services Director, Children and Young Peoples Services, City Health Care Partnership CIC

Dear lean1985

Thanks for taking the time to give your feedback and sorry to hear your concerns. I thought it would be useful to provide some clarification on the processes we follow at City Health Care Partnership CIC regarding the 2 year old checks.

Sometimes staffing issues lead to Nursery Nurses undertaking the 2 year assessment for their Health Visitor colleagues and as such they have all received further training to undertake this particular developmental assessment. This training is also supported by a skills and competency framework to ensure quality and standards are maintained.

The letter you received should have been explicit in explaining to you who would be undertaking the assessment on your child and I can only apologise if this was not the case. Similarly the nursery nurse concerned should have been aware of and utilised the learning assessment from your early years provider.

I am therefore disappointed to hear of your experience and I would welcome the opportunity to discuss it with you in more detail. If you would like, you are able to contact me directly, Tracy Vickers (Head of Children and Young Peoples Services) at tracy. vickers@chcphull. nhs. uk or tel: 01482 344642

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