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The National Healthy Childhood Programme

babyinhighchairApproximately 68,000 babies are born in the State every year and, as children (under 18 years) account for 25% of the Irish population, we have the youngest population in the EU.

The Health Service Executive, through the delivery of The National Healthy Childhood Programme, has a key role in supporting families so these babies can fully realise their potential into adulthood.

From birth to their 14th birthday each child will have had at least 22 contacts with the health service as part of the Programme – that is 1.5 million opportunities to Make Every Contact Count

Our Work


Framework for the National Healthy Childhood Programme, HSE Health & Wellbeing Division and HSE Primary Care Division - 24th May 2017

The newborn clinical examination handbook, The National Healthy Childhood Programme, October 2018

Newsletters (twice-yearly)

Some of the child health information available on www.hse.ie