Researchers from Swansea University and the University of Essex have carried out an independent evaluation of Thurrock Council's Ask Teddi app, which is run in collaboration with Solutions 4 Health, and offers free advice and information for Thurrock parents and carers with children under the age of 5.
The research consisted of a survey for all existing service users, led by Swansea University, and focus groups and interviews with Health Visitors, Thurrock children's centre staff and parents who use the app, led by the University of Essex.
Cllr Deb Huelin, Cabinet Member for Health, said: "Ask Teddi provides information on: infant feeding, healthy eating including weaning and fussy eating, oral health, sleep, play and socialisation, exercise and active families as well as parental mental health and wellbeing.
"Ask Teddi has been even more valuable during the pandemic, especially for those waiting to access professional support or advice, and where the majority of health appointments were happening virtually."
Cllr Barry Johnson, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, added: "This free app is a great resource and I encourage families with young children in the borough to download and use the toolkits and support available.
"The research showed that the app is seen as a valuable, accessible and useful support tool, with local support and information for new parents and the professionals who support them."
To find out more and download the free app, go to www.ask-teddi.com
The full copy of the evaluation report or the visual summary can be downloaded from our Public Health reports page.