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
By 12 months your child should be eating three meals and 2 healthy snacks. Follow these top tips to help your child eat well:
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
You can continue to breastfeed your child for as long as you both want. There is no need to give children follow on milks, instead offer cow’s milk from one year.
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