2½ - 5 years

Stay up to date with appointments and immunisations

During the first five years of your child’s life, you will be offered appointments to review how you and your child are getting on. Some of these appointments will include a review of your child’s health, growth and overall development, others will be to provide the recommended childhood immunisations.

COVID-19 update: Some of the appointments to assess your child’s health and development may take place over the phone as a temporary measure.

Attending these appointments will help you and your child to stay healthy. Please register with a local GP as soon as you can. Find a GP near you

Why is it important?

Birth to age 5 years is a very important time when growth can be very rapid, for most children this will happen without any difficulties. The national Healthy Child Programme provided by the Health Visiting service offers all parents a schedule of health and development reviews which provide an opportunity to talk about how your child is doing and explore any concerns you may have with a professional from the health visiting team. Getting early help (including information or a referral for your child) can support your child to be happy and healthy.

One of the best ways to protect your child against diseases such as measles, rubella, tetanus and meningitis is through immunisation. Your child’s immunisations will be provided free through the GP practice where you are registered.

Your GP can also help if you are feeling low or experiencing symptoms of post-natal depression or you can refer yourself to Talk Changes our local talking therapy service.

First point of contact

The contact details for your local health visiting team can be found inside your Personal Child Health Record (red book). It is important to take your child’s red book to every healthcare appointment. The red book can help you to keep up to date with any appointments your child is due, including the recommended immunisations.

Childhood immunisation 

View the appointment timeline below to find out which immunisations are due during the 2.5-5 year period. If you would like to talk to a health professional about immunisations you can contact the nurse practitioner at your GP practice, they will be more than happy to answer your questions or respond to any concerns you may have. Remember, immunisations are really important to help keep your child and community safe, and should be given at the correct age, delaying them can put your child at risk.

Appointment timeline 28 months - 5 years

Age What Why By whom Where
3 years and 4 months Immunisation MMR (2nd dose)
4-in-1 pre-school booster
Practice Nurse of Health Visiting Team GP surgery, Community Child Health Clinic
4 – 5 years Health Review To support your child’s transition to school if your child has additional needs or if required School Nurse/Health visitor School nurse/Nursery/School setting
This page was last modified on: 31 Jul 2020