Well Child Tamariki Ora visits

It is important to enrol with Plunket or another 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

Before any checks, read through the associated questions in the My Health Book. Talk to your nurse if you answer ‘no’ to any of the questions.

The check is a good time to talk with the nurse about your pēpi and being a parent. You can find a list of things to talk about at visits in the My Health Book.

The nurse will also ask if you or your whānau have any concerns about your pēpi. If there are problems, finding them early and supporting you to deal with them can make a big difference.

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