The Well Child/Tamariki Ora (WCTO) programme is a series of health visits and support that are free to all families’ children from around 6 weeks old up to 5 years old. There are 3 checks for babies between birth and 6 months.
This section contains the general background information about the WCTO service. It includes a schedule of all the visits for babies aged 4–6 weeks and older, through to the ‘B4 School Check’.
The information is taken from the Ministry of Health web pages on WCTO.
Remember to check the link from time-to-time, so you’re up-to-date with any changes in the WCTO schedule.
The midwife will give whānau a free Well Child Tamariki Ora My Health Book, which reminds them about all the things they can do to keep their children healthy and safe.
Or, they can download the new Well Child app.
Registering for the service
The midwife can help the whānau choose the WCTO service that’s right for them. It’s important for families to register with a WCTO provider as soon as their baby is born — this will ensure they can be seen straight after the midwives visits are completed.
To find the WCTO services in the area, visit the Ministry of Health’s Find a Well Child Tamariki Ora provider page.
What the visits cover
WCTO nurses are experts in child health and growth. They’ll support families to protect and improve their child’s health.
The visits are free, and cover:
- child growth and development
- family health and wellbeing
- immunisation information
- oral health (teeth and gum) checks
- early childhood education options
- vision (sight) and hearing
- health and development checks for learning well at school.
Each visit will cover different areas. Details of what parents can expect during the 4–6 weeks, 8–10 weeks and 3–4 months checks are also outlined in the short session notes.
Links to information about each check
When baby is 4–6 weeks old they’ll have their first health and development check with the Well Child/Tamariki Ora nurse, and the final ‘B4 School Check’ when they are 4 years old.
To find out more about each visit, click on the relevant link to the Ministry of Health website, below.
- For health advice, call Healthline on 0800 611 116
- For parenting advice, call PlunketLine on 0800 933 922
- Hearing and vision checks - Kidshealth