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Parent Resources

Parenting is rewarding, but it's also very challenging. Find useful resources for expecting parents, parents of newborns and parents of school-age children, including public health resources, community resources, and links to other useful websites.

Questions and concerns
If you have questions or concerns about your child, contact your healthcare provider. You can also call the Middlesex-London Health Unit to speak with a Public Health Nurse, Monday to Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., or get heath advice 24/7 by calling Health Connect Ontario (dial 811).


Telephone Support for Families

Telephone Support for Families

Prenatal Health Education Programs

Prenatal Health Info & Resources

A Healthy Start to School

This helpful guide for parents and caregivers is available in French and English from the links below. Find helpful tips on packing lunches, reporting immunization, limiting screens and much more!


A healthy start to school

Download PDF (English)

A healthy start to school

Download PDF (French)

Growth & Development, including Physical Activity & Safety

Newborn: The first few weeks (MLHU)

Child Growth: is your child growing well? (MLHU)

Looksee Checklist provided by the Nipissing District Developmental Screen (NDDS)

(Screening tool Looksee Checklist monitors a child's development from 1 month to 6 years of age and provides tips to help them grow. This electronic resource is available in English and French and free - NDDS)

Developmental Resource for Infants (DRI) - Thames Valley Children's Centre

(Intake and service coordination for children 2 years and under with developmental concerns - TVCC)

Speech/Language Therapy - Thames Valley Children's Centre

(Resources and services regarding speech and language development-TVCC)

Screen Time

(Information for many families aboutscreens (e.g. phones, tablets, TVs). We know it's not good for our kids, but the reality is that screens are here to stay. So what can we do? - MLHU)

Tummy time with your baby(MLHU)

Physical activity (MLHU)

Car seat safety (MLHU)

Safe sleep (MLHU)

Child safety (MLHU)

Babies and Reading and London Baby Book Bags  

(Information and resources - London Public Library)

Resiliency (MLHU)

Murray & Bird - Children's Storybooks

(Storybooks:  Have fun reading along with Murray and Bird as they learn about different health topics - MLHU)


Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health: Brain development of your baby

The Boston Basics (Website for Parents)
Find resources in multiple languages, videos, tip sheets and more.

80% of brain growth happens during the first three years of life

  • Maximize love, manage stress
  • Talk, sing and point
  • Count, group, and compare
  • Explore through movement and play
  • Read and discuss stories
Parent and Infant Relationship Clinic (PAIR) Vanier Children's Mental Wellness

Attachment (MLHU)

Nurture Healthy Minds (MLHU)
Healthy Baby Healthy Brain: Videos by health nexus santé
Mental Health Supports for Children and Teens

Tandem (24/7)

One-stop referral and intake point shared services Vanier Children's Mental Wellness, Humana Community Services and Craigwood Children, Youth, and Family Services 

Vanier Children's Mental Wellness

Offers a range of services designed to offer support to families who have a child struggling with social, emotional, behavioiural and metnal health issues

Craigwood Children, Youth and Family Services

Provides a broad range of counseling, care and therapeutic services to adolescents and to their families, all designed to make a positive change in their lives

Humana Community Services

Formerly WAYS Mental Health Support and Anago (Non) Residential Resources

The Support Line

The Support Line from Canadian Mental Health Association provides confidential listening and support to individuals 16+ any time of day or night.

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone is Canada’s only 24/7 e-mental health service offering free, confidential support to young people in English and French.

Brighter Days

An Indigenous Wellness Program developed by Indigenous educators, school counsellors and community program workers to empower First Nations, Inuit and Métis youth with skills, tools and resources to support their well-being. The program is offered to Indigenous youth from six to 29 years old in both audio and video format.

Mental Health and Community Supports for Adults

Perinatal Mental Health

Information and resources for pregnancy to first year postpartum - MLHU

Reach Out 24/7

Free, 24/7 bilingual confidential mental health and addictions support and services line for people living in Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford and London - Reach Out

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Thames Valley

Information - CMHA

Family Service Thames Valley

Information, Counselling Services and more - Family Service Thames Valley

Hope for Wellness Help Line 24/7

Immediate mental health counselling and crisis intervention to all Indigenous peoples across Canada - Hope for Wellness

Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre (SOAHAC)

Information and services including Indigenous-led child care and family centre, enhanced food security, and more- SOAHAC

Francophone Community Resources /Communauté francophone 

Organisations ou programmes qui offrent des services principalement en français ou qui autrement appuient l'unité et le développement culturels au sein de la communauté francophone - Familyinfo.ca

Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration (MRCSSI)

Information and resources promoting family safety and wellbeing within London's diverse Muslim communities - MRCSSI

Date of creation: February 11, 2013
Last modified on: January 25, 2023