Parents’ experiences of children’s centres
Achieving Stage 3 of accreditation is the final step in becoming Baby Friendly. At this Stage, the care parents and babies have received will be assessed, with the following standards needing to be met.
- Support pregnant women to recognise the importance of breastfeeding and early relationships for the health and well-being of their baby.
- Protect and support breastfeeding in all areas of the service.
- Support parents to have a close and loving relationship with their baby.
Resources to help you meet the standards
Guidance on implementing the Baby Friendly Initiative standards in children’s centres is now available, along with an action plan template and a sample policy.
More detailed information on how to meet the standards is in our Guide to the Baby Friendly Initiative standards. The following materials will also be helpful in implementing the standards for Stage 3:
- Breastfeeding assessment form
- Guide to antenatal and postnatal conversations
- Caring for your baby at night and accompanying health professionals guide
- Guidance for implementing the Baby Friendly Initiative standards in children’s centres
- Stage 3 application form for children’s centres, which you can download from this page.
How we will assess the standards
Once internal audit results indicate that the standards are being achieved, the Stage 3 assessment can take place. This involves Baby Friendly assessors visiting your facility and listening to mothers’ experiences related to the care they have received.
The transition to the new standards document provides guidance on moving from the old standards to the new for facilitates currently working towards or maintaining Baby Friendly accreditation.