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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We would like to reassure you that we are closely monitoring the situation and working with the government and NHS.

For guidance on coronavirus and the latest information for Devon, visit Devon County Council’s coronavirus (COVID-19) advice pages.


Apply for a primary place

Apply for your child to start in reception year at primary or infant school or in year 3 at junior school

Child protection

What to do if you are concerned about a child or young person in Devon

Children in care

How we are safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in our care

Children’s centres

Children’s centres offer advice and support for parents and carers of children aged 0-8

Family Focus groups

All Family Focus sessions are currently suspended. Please contact your local Public Health Nursing hub if you need to speak with a member of our team. You are invited to any of the Family Focus sessions across the Devon County Council area. Family Focus has replaced traditional baby clinics to provide a drop-in that offers Continue reading →

Family Information Service

Find childcare and other services in Devon for children, young people and parents

Family support

Information about the types of family support available in Devon

Find a school or college

Use our search tool to find a specific school or college

Funded childcare

Funded childcare is now available to all 3 and 4-year-olds and some 2-year-olds.

Funded childcare for 2-year-olds

A Golden Ticket allows you to access free childcare for your 2-year-old, if eligible

Funded childcare for 3 and 4-year-olds

From the term after their third birthday, until they start school, your child is entitled to up to 570 hours of free childcare

Health visiting

Health Visitors help families during the early years of a child’s life.

Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme

Holiday support for 5-16 years who are eligible for and receiving benefits-related free school meals

Information for new and expecting parents

Health Visitors are part of a wider Public Health Nursing service that includes community health workers and school nurses. Devon Public Health Nursing provides services for children aged 0-19 across the Devon County Council area. Our Health visiting team have created these information pages, to support you as your baby’s birth approaches, and during the Continue reading →

Public Health Nursing antenatal information

We recognise that this is an exciting and somewhat challenging time for parents who are expecting a baby. It is very important to us that we are able to support families in a meaningful way, even more so given the challenges at this time. Your Health Visitor Until your baby is around ten days old Continue reading →


REACH (Reducing Exploitation and Absence from Care or Home)

School admissions

Apply here for a place in a mainstream state primary or secondary school

Virtual Family Focus sessions

Over the last year Devon’s Health Visiting team has moved their regular Family Focus support groups on-line, creating a rolling programme of Virtual Family Focus sessions to provide support and advice to new parents. Topics include Speech and Language, Play, Solids, and of course everyone’s favourite subject – Sleep! We run sessions on various topics Continue reading →

What we do

The Public Health Nursing Service is made up of Health Visitors, School Nurses, Staff Nurses and Community Health Workers, providing Health Visiting and School Nursing services across Devon.