Early years

This section presents information on the health of children aged 0 to 5 years, including Early Years Profiles and Breastfeeding Profiles. It is maintained by the National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network.

Key early years indicators

Including the Early Years Profiles, these indicators were developed by NHS England and the National Child and Maternal Health Intelligence Network as key indicators of public health outcomes relating to early years (children aged 0-5 years).

The indicators are designed to help commissioners and providers of health visiting services to assess the priorities and outcomes of the transformation of health visiting services in line with the Health visitor implementation plan 2011-15. 

You can see at a glance how your local area performs against key indicators and compare the data with other local authorities and nationally. Baseline and trend information are provided where available.

Following extensive consultation, a guide has been produced to help you interpret the data presented and use it to develop evidence-based actions to improve outcomes for children and their families.


Breastfeeding indicators

Formerly the Breastfeeding Profiles these indicators show performance against a range of indicators describing demographic, breastfeeding behaviours and health outcome data for mothers and their children.

Supplementary indicators

Other indicators related to the health and wellbeing of children aged 0-5 years.


Supporting resources

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Infant mortality and stillbirths


Health visiting

Unintentional injuries