Well Child Tamariki Ora visits

It is important to enrol with a Well Child Tamariki Ora service as soon as your pēpi (baby) is born. They will see your pēpi when your midwife finishes visiting you. Your midwife can help you choose the Well Child Tamariki Ora service that is right for you.


About Well Child Tamariki Ora visits

Well Child Tamariki Ora services are free.

The free visits cover:

  • child growth and development
  • family health and wellbeing
  • immunisation information
  • oral health (teeth and gum) checks
  • early childhood education
  • vision (sight) and hearing checks
  • health and development checks for learning well at school.

Each visit will cover different areas of your child's growth and development.


Well Child Tamariki Ora nurses

Well Child Tamariki Ora nurses are experts in child health and growth. Your nurse will support you to protect and improve your child’s health.


My Health Book

Your midwife will give you a free Well Child Tamariki Ora My Health Book. The My Health Book is a place to record your child's development in the first 5 years. It also has questions your nurse will ask you at each visit, and things to look out for to speak about with them. 

If you do not have a My Health Book

If you do not have a book, or you have lost yours, you can download these for free from the HealthEd website.

Well Child Tamariki Ora My Health Book — HealthEd (external link)

At the visit


The 4 to 6 week Well Child Tamariki Ora visit

At the 4 to 6 week visit, the nurse will:

  • ask about breastfeeding and offer help if you need it
  • check that your pēpi is healthy and well
  • measure their length, weight and head size
  • check that your pēpi can see and hear well
  • check your baby’s development
  • ask if your pēpi has been immunised, or if an appointment has been made for the 6-week immunisations.

National Immunisation Schedule (external link)

The hearing questions asked at this visit do not replace the hearing screening done at or around the time of birth.

They will also talk to you about how you are, how you are getting on, being a new parent, and:

  • your mood
  • sex and contraception
  • your whānau
  • smoking, drinking and drugs
  • money worries
  • family violence.

The 8 to 10 week Well Child Tamariki Ora visit

At the 8 to 10 week visit, the nurse will:

  • ask about breastfeeding
  • measure your baby’s length, weight and head size and check their hips
  • check that your pēpi can see and hear well
  • check your baby’s development
  • ask if your pēpi has been immunised.

Immunisations for babies and toddlers (external link)

They will also talk to you about how you are, how you are getting on, being a new parent, and:

  • feeding your pēpi
  • safe sleeping
  • avoiding accidents
  • recognising when pēpi is sick
  • smoking
  • family violence.

Your baby’s development

The nurse will ask questions about your baby’s learning, development and behaviour. This may include questions about how they:

  • move
  • show what they want
  • understand what you say
  • act around whānau
  • play.

The 5 to 7 month Well Child Tamariki Ora visit

At the 5 to 7 month visit, the nurse will: 

  • ask about breastfeeding
  • measure your baby’s length, weight and head size and check their hips
  • check that they can see and hear well
  • check their teeth and gums
  • check their development
  • ask if your pēpi been immunised.

Immunisations for babies and toddlers (external link)

They will also talk to you about how you are, how you are getting on, being a parent, and:

  • breastfeeding and moving on to solid food
  • being safe
  • smoking in the house
  • family violence.

Your baby’s development

The nurse will ask questions about your baby’s learning, development and behaviour. This may include questions about how they:

  • make speech sounds
  • understand what you say
  • use their hands and fingers to do things
  • use their arms and legs
  • get along with others
  • are learning to do things for themselves.

The 9 to 12 month Well Child Tamariki Ora visit

At the 9 to 12 month visit, the nurse will:

  • ask about breastfeeding and the foods your pēpi may be eating
  • measure your baby’s length, weight and head size, and check how they move
  • check they can see and hear well
  • check their teeth and gums
  • check their development
  • ask if your pēpi has been immunised.

Immunisations for babies and toddlers (external link)

They will also talk to you about how you are, how you are getting on, being a parent, and:

  • breastfeeding and moving on to solid food
  • being safe
  • smoking in the house
  • family violence.

Your baby’s development

The nurse will ask questions about your baby’s learning, development and behaviour. This may include questions about how they:

  • talk and make speech sounds
  • understand what you say
  • use their hands and fingers to do things
  • use their arms and legs
  • behave
  • get along with others
  • are learning to do things for themselves.

The 15 to 18 month Well Child Tamariki Ora visit

At the 15 to 18 months visit, the nurse will:

  • measure your child’s height and weight, and check how they walk and move
  • check they can see and hear well
  • check their teeth and gums
  • check their development
  • ask if they have been immunised
  • ask questions about your health and wellbeing, including family violence.

Immunisations for babies and toddlers (external link)

Your child’s development

The nurse will ask questions about your child’s learning, development and behaviour. They will ask how they:

  • talk and make speech sounds
  • understand what you say
  • use their hands and fingers to do things
  • use their arms and legs
  • are learning to do things for themselves
  • behave
  • get along with others
  • are learning preschool skills.

The 2 to 3 year Well Child Tamariki Ora visit

At the 2 to 3 year visit, the nurse will:

  • measure your child’s height and weight, and check how they walk and move
  • check they can see, hear and speak well
  • check their teeth and gums
  • check their development
  • ask if they have been immunised
  • talk to you about preschool, daycare and kōhanga reo
  • ask questions about your health and wellbeing, including family violence.

Immunisations for preschoolers (external link)

Your child’s development

The nurse will ask questions about your child’s learning, development and behaviour. They will ask how they:

  • talk and make speech sounds
  • understand what you say
  • use their hands and fingers to do things
  • use their arms and legs
  • are learning to do things for themselves
  • behave
  • get along with others
  • are learning preschool skills.

The 3 to 4 month Well Child Tamariki Ora visit

At the 3 to 4 month visit, the nurse will: 

  • ask about breastfeeding
  • measure your baby’s weight and head size and check their hips
  • check that they can see and hear well
  • check their development
  • ask if your pēpi been immunised.

Immunisations for babies and toddlers (external link)

They will also talk to you about how you are, how you are getting on, being a parent, and:

  • breastfeeding and moving on to solid food
  • your mood
  • smoking in the house
  • family violence.

Your baby’s development

The nurse will ask questions about your baby’s learning, development and behaviour. This may include questions about how they:

  • make sounds
  • use their hands and fingers to do things
  • move their arms and legs
  • get along with others.