What will the HV be looking for at a Two Year check?

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Got the HV coming Friday and not really sure what she will be checking for?

Can anyone give me a bit of a list? Also, will she accept me saying "yes she can, no she cant" to things or does she need to see DD doing stuff?

supadupapupascupa Sun 09-Feb-14 19:16:52

if i remember rightly it was a tick sheet you fill in. Weight, height etc as normal and a quick chat. Thinking about it my youngest is due hers!

Not sure, at mine the HV was quite familiar with DS because we spent a lot of time at the children's centre so she went through ticking most of the list. IIRC it was stuff like runs, jumps, climbs, speech - not necessarily in sentences but using single words or 2 words together. (e.g. biscuit allgone). They also gave us 2 more bookstart books (one about numbers), a pad of paper and crayons which was also a bookstart thing and she watched him drawing a couple of lines.

I think they just ask. Sometimes the child might be sleepy or just shy. She also brought scales and a height measuring thing but DS was too scared to get on it so she said don't worry.

chocnomore Sun 09-Feb-14 20:13:48

on our 2 year check up the HV had a general hat about Dd2, any concerns yada yada.
she also 'tested' dd but it was all very playful. she asked
her to point to things in a book. gave her a dolly and a teddy and a cup and a toothbrush. Dd had to give a drink to teddy and brush dolly's teeth (to see if Dd could
understand 2 key word instructions iyswim)
she had to built a tower with bricks and scribble something with a pen....asked her some questions to hear her talk. basically stuff like that. hth.

Soz8 Sun 09-Feb-14 20:26:18

When my little boy had his check, it was more a general chat about him and me. She did a few checks with him.

He had to:
- Build up some bricks
- Pick up some sugar strands
- Match some colour cards
- Play with a doll, give it a drink etc
- Look at some books
- Do a little shape jigsaw

We had a general chat about his speech and potty training which was really useful and she gave me a few leaflets. She also wrote a few details in his red book! smile

windydays Tue 11-Feb-14 15:03:55

Not sure I need to worry but I have dd review this week. I am not worried about her at all, she can say loads of sentences, count to 10, knows some colours, is potty trained etc but she is incredibly shy!! I know she will bury her head in my lap and and refuse to even look at the HV let alone speak or do anything! Do you think they will believe me when I say she is just shy or will they be worried they haven't seen or heard her do anything?

bigkidsdidit Tue 11-Feb-14 15:07:06

We had a chat - to see speech.

DS had to thread beads onto a string, and with just verbal instructions (no demonstrating) draw a line down a page from top to bottom and across a page. Also draw a circle.

We did a bit of pretend playing - answering a phone I think.

Also he showed off his jumping skills!

Plus weight and height.

It will be fine Windy. It's really a check so that if you have any concerns they can be flagged up and you can get support, but also flags up things that you might not have noticed. E.g. if your child didn't talk at all but for some reason you hadn't realised that was unusual at age 2. (And even then nothing bad would happen but they would refer you to speech therapy in order to help your child).

windydays Tue 11-Feb-14 16:21:10

Thanks Bertie

Waaaa - she cant draw a line or a circle though she can have a good random doodle.

Her speech is excellent. She is shy though.

I hope she cooperates!

See, this is what I want for my son's 2 year check. Instead here we get called to a group contact with a few other parents and toddlers and told what we/our children should be doing at this age. Then we can share concerns whilst we are there - as part of the group! hmmblush

It really pisses me off. I challenged our HV about it and apparently it's to facilitate mums making friends. Great.

givemeaclue Tue 11-Feb-14 17:30:08

We got sent a form to fill in. No visit. I imagine the rate of return on the forms is low.

bigkidsdidit Tue 11-Feb-14 17:39:08

Mine couldn't do he lines either ken. Or some of je other things in the questionnaire ( put on his own cardigan, be potty trained). She still signed him off as no problems. They are not expected to do it all!

WinterDrawsOff Tue 11-Feb-14 17:44:53

When the HV asked my two year old if he could thread the red beads on the blue lace, he just said "yes" and carried on playing with his toy truck blush

bigkidsdidit Tue 11-Feb-14 17:48:59

Ha ha! At least his comprehension is good!

Loftyjen Tue 11-Feb-14 20:25:58

There's huge variation in what each different area does for their reviews.
I live in a neighbouring borough to the one I work in as a nurse on a HV Team. In the area I work in we send out to parents an "ages & stages" questionnaire - it's google-able for them to complete before the appt. at the appt we run through the questionnaire - double checking any areas of concern/discussing if any action required, also about imms, potty training, home safety, 15hrs nursery provision/school entry, dental health, diet - am sure there's more but can't remember off top of my head! All in 40 mins (sounds a long time but it flies by & can go over if family don't speak English well or have got concerns/haven't got concerns but I have!).
Meanwhile, in the borough I live in, it was a fairly informal chat with no clear expectations outlined & concerns I had about DD speech not really addressed & while otherwise very much going on what I said was happening as gospel hmm

naty1 Tue 11-Feb-14 22:39:29

My 20m old can probably do most of Soz8 list but whether she would or not. No very cooperative with jigsaws purposefully puts things in wrong place.likes to take apart rather than put together
Im surprised at the beads etc as most toys like that are for 3+.
Cant yet jump or draw circles or lines.

ShadowFall Wed 12-Feb-14 00:01:43

At DS1's 2-3 yr check, the HV asked about:

Did we have concerns about his sight or hearing;
Has he got all his teeth yet;
Does he eat fruit & veg;
Do we give him vitamin supplements;
What's his speech like;
Does he know colours;
Can he count;
Can he stack blocks;
How does he hold a pencil;
What's his running like;
What's he like on a trampoline;
Have we thought about potty training;
How is his sleeping;
Do we have any concerns that she hadn't already asked about.

She didn't measure his height or weight - she'd only brought along the baby scales, and DS1 was too heavy for those. Although at least it gave us a chance to get DS2's weight measured.

She didn't ask him to demonstrate anything, but this HV has seen DS1 before (at DS2's new baby check, and at baby clinics), so that may be partly why she wasn't bothered about getting DS1 to demonstrate things.

ShadowFall Wed 12-Feb-14 06:42:18

She also asked if DS1 could manage stairs.

hickorychicken Wed 12-Feb-14 06:59:54

Yes mine was a group thing mimsy which i was going to - over my dead body.
I already had concerns About dd1 and no way was i airing that in a group. I arranged a 1-1 which was fine. I think its really insensitive to invite as a group, if there are issues mothers are a hell of a lot likely to open up in a room of strangers.
OP its nothing to even think twice about, a brilliant opertunity to talk through any concerns smile

Coveredinweetabix Wed 12-Feb-14 22:38:39

For DD's, she was measured (height & weight), do one of those peg jigsaws, build a tower of bricks, given a tea set to play with & I was asked questions about whether she could run, jump,climb, follow instructions etc. It was all very relaxed - although that was probably helped by our HV being lovely. It was a nice set up though. There was a coffee table in the middle of the small room with the toys on & a couple of easy chairs on either side. The HV was in one & I was in the other, with DD on my knee with her face buried in my neck. The HV asked some questions of DD which DD completely failed to answer but was persuaded out of my neck with some raisins which the HV put in a plastic beaker. This was done to test fine motor skills. Once DD had eaten these, the HV pointed to the toys and asked DD if she'd like to play so DD did. The HV gave her a bit of a steer on occasion "what about doing the cat next" or "can you give mummy the blue block" but that was it. And when DD gave me the yellow block (she took ages to figure out those two colours), there was no real comment but a few minutes later she was asked to do something with the red brick and, when that was correctly selected, a box was ticked.

OpposableThumbs Tue 18-Feb-14 15:26:26

Just a questionnaire where I live for 1 and 2 year check. I haven't seen a HV since going for weigh-ins when DD was a tiny baby.

sparkleshine Tue 18-Feb-14 16:43:43

At DS check, she did height and weight, asked him a few simple questions to see if could answer with a 2 word sentence. Asked me a few questions about diet, potty training, any concerns, development.
Me and ex had split up and I hadn't mentioned it before so she was asking about coping with that and would refer me to another HV where we live now.
There was a table with a jigsaw, some blocks to stack, and a tea set which he wasn't interested in.
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