Henry: Healthy Families Group Programme:
The HENRY Group Programme is an eight-week course for parents with children between 1 and 5 years. The course runs once a week for 1.5 hours every week for 8 weeks. You will receive a Henry parent toolkit (which includes a parent handbook for you to follow over the weeks, children’s books and other fun resources to support your child with eating well) as well as a certificate. The programme covers these 5 themes across 8 weeks and provides everything you need to help get your little one off to a great start. The sessions are designed and tailored to meet your family needs; each week helps you provide a healthy, happy, supportive environment for the whole family.
Next course: Starts Thursday 4th May 2023 from 1pm to 2.30pm on ZOOM *Break for Half Term*
Fussy Eating Workshop:
A 1.5 hour online session to support you with ideas to encourage your child to expand their taste buds and explore new foods. The session will help you feel more confident with supporting your child to eat a range of foods to meet their needs and create a positive meal time experience.
Next workshop dates (RUN ON ZOOM):
Wednesday 19th April from 1pm to 2.30pm on Zoom
Eat Well for Less Workshop
A 1.5 hour online session covering what it means to eat well, shopping habits, cooking cost effectively and making the most of food
Next workshop dates (RUN ON ZOOM):
*Awaiting new dates*
Please book on to these sessions via our Parent Enquiry Form
It is important to give children healthy and nutritious foods to help them grow and to support the development of healthy eating behaviours right from the start. Many foods advertised for children are high in fat and/ or sugar and tend to be low in nutrients, these foods can also develop a taste preference for unhealthy foods leading to health problems later in life.
Follow these top tips to help your child eat well:
1. Provide a wide variety of unprocessed foods from all four food groups – fruit and vegetables, starchy food including bread, rice, pasta and potato, protein rich food for example pulses, eggs, meat and fish and dairy food including milk, yoghurt and cheese. This will help ensure your child gets all the nutrients they need.
2. Avoid processed foods- if there are more than a handful of ingredients on the label then avoid them. Processed foods are foods that have been changed from their natural state and often contain added ingredients for example salt, sugar, artificial flavourings and additives.
3. Meal times matter- eating together as a family is important for children as children will learn from those around them. It’s important to role model healthy eating habits and make meal times a positive family experience.
4. Avoid foods with added salt- children should not have foods high in salt as it can damage their developing kidneys and develop a preference for salty foods. Avoid giving young children processed foods, take always, ready meals, salty snacks or adding salt to their food.
5. Provide child-sized portions of at least five different fruit and vegetables a day. As a guide a portion size is the size of your child’s hand. Serve fruits and vegetables with every meal and snack.
6. Include foods high in iron and zinc. This includes eggs, red meat, oil-rich fish, nuts, seeds, pulses and fortified cereals
7. Include sources of calcium, riboflavin and iodine every day. Whole or semi-skimmed cows’ milk, cheeses, and unsweetened yoghurt and fromage frais are good sources of these nutrients. For children who do not have dairy products, an unsweetened fortified milk alternative such as soya milk alternative or unsweetened fortified soya yoghurt can provide these nutrients
8. Plain milk and water are the only drinks recommended for children. Children should be encouraged to drink tap water if they are thirsty, and fresh drinking water should be available at all times. Water quenches thirst, does not spoil the appetite, and does not damage teeth.
9. Limit their sugar intake. Children do not need foods high in sugar such as cake, sweets and biscuits. They can lead to weight gain and tooth decay and create a preferred taste for sweet foods. See our snack list for suitable alternatives
Parenting and Family Relationships
There are a variety of courses and one-off sessions for parents in Luton to promote positive, nurturing and responsive parenting
Safe at Home Luton is a child accident prevention programme aimed at families from pregnancy through to the child’s 5th birthday.
If you think that your child may have special educational needs or disabilities (SEND) you should speak to someone about your concerns- find out more on Luton’s Local Offer
Five to Thrive
Just as our child’s body grows better when you give them good food, your child’s brain grows better when you do five simple things that feed the growing brain:
Respond ● Cuddle ● Relax ● Play ● Talk