The National Healthy Childhood Programme

The National Healthy Childhood Programme is Ireland’s universal programme of clinical care for all children to support them and their parents from birth. The service is free to all children in Ireland and enshrined in law.

This is delivered with the support of hospitals, hearing screeners, GPs, public health nurses and community medical doctors.

The programme helps to create the best outcomes for children and build the foundations for health over their lifetime by:

  • ensuring children are offered routine health interventions to stay well, and for early intervention
  • supporting families in the crucial early years of life

The Child Health Public Health function provides leadership and support to the National Healthy Childhood Programme.

The National Healthy Childhood Programme includes:

Publications and child health information


Measles resources

Winter illness resources