​One thing a family can be sure of when they bring home their new baby is that they will most likely meet their child and family health nurse in their local community.

One hundred years ago the first Baby Clinics, as they were then known, opened in NSW - the first in Alexandria and then in North Sydney.

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​The main aim of those clinics in the early days was to reduce the infant mortality rate, of which the scheme was very successful.

Ryde ECHC nurse and patient

Today, however, the Early Childhood Health Centre provides care that meets the demands of often more educated mothers, fathers and different cultural values.

There are 22 Early Childhood Health Centres across the Northern Sydney Local Health District in suburbs stretching from the Northern Beaches to the North Shore to the Northern Districts to Ku-ring-gai.

The Early Childhood Health Centre maintains the delivery of care in the community, and every family is offered a first home visit.

All families are able to access a range of child and family health services from the time they bring their baby home beyond face to face clinical care, including breastfeeding drop-in clinics and early parenting support groups.