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Starting out as parents

Every parent starts their steps towards parenthood with different chances and different challenges.

This is an exciting opportunity for you, your baby and your family to consider how you as a family will develop and what is important to you as parents along the way. Whatever make up your family is there are some really useful ideas and links that can support your  family from the antenatal period until the point where your child reaches their two-and-a-half-year birthday.

We hope this handbook gives you some ideas and activities to support you throughout this journey.

Please see below downloadable guide:

Starting out as parents downloadable guide


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Devon County Council runs a confidential secure text messaging service for parents of children aged 0-19 years called ChatHealth. The service operates Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm, excluding bank holidays. All texts will be responded to by a public health nurse (health visitor/school nurse) within 24 hours. Outside of the service working hours, you’ll receive a message back to inform you that your text will be responded to once the line reopens. You can also call our Public Health Nursing hubs on the numbers listed below.

If you are concerned about the safety of a child in Devon, contact our Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 155 1071 or email with as much information as possible.

This page was last reviewed on 16-05-2022

This page will be next reviewed on 16-05-2025