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Using general nurses to fill health visitor gaps puts children at risk


I agree that only HVs should be visiting and caring for vulnerable families. I also agree that extra training is required and I am currently on the PGdip. However, from a personal perspective I know numerous children who were not picked up by their health visitor as having developmental delays and yet it was obvious to me as a childcare provider delivering the EYFS and it was myself and colleagues who alerted the health visitor to these concerns. I feel the problem lies not with using nursery nurses, who are extremely aware of developmental issues, but more with the abolishment of the 3.5yr developmental review. Unfortunately it is many of the most vulnerable children who do not access early years provision and therefore are missed. The other issue is the lack of suitable practice teachers due to the suspension in training for so long. Many PCTs and educational establishments have funding and spaces on courses but nobody to oversee practice.

Posted date

5 February, 2010

Posted time

11:15 pm