Preventing Childhood Obesity with HENRY

To be completed by: Sat 31 Dec 2016

Time: -Sat 31 Dec 2016 | Venue:

HENRY (Health, Exercise, Nutrition for the Really Young) is a national charity with the aim of preventing childhood obesity. We offer training for practitioners and support for parents.

FREE Training available for Practitioners:

Core Training (available to all staff in the Better Start area through Nicola, wider Bradford through Katie)

This two day training is aimed at health and early years practitioners or anyone who works directly with families of children aged 0-5 years. The training will enable practitioners to develop their knowledge, skills and confidence in tackling weight issues. We consider not just what information that parents might need in order to develop healthy lifestyles, but how we might be able to approach these topics with parents in a sensitive and effective manner. Our training is evidence-based and RSPH approved.

When: For more information, or to request a booking form, please contact: if you are in Better Start or

Group Facilitation Training (available to those who have attended Core)

This two day training enables practitioners to deliver the 8 week HENRY group programme to parents and we ask that you are able to commit to delivering at least one programme per year. With this in mind, we now ask practitioners to obtain line managers consent to make this commitment before attending the training. In this training, trainees have the opportunity to further their knowledge and practise skills needed to run a group in a nurturing environment. You will need to have attended the Core Training before coming on to this training.

When: For more information, or to request a booking form, please contact: if you are in Better Start or

Healthy Start in Childcare Training (childminders/EY settings)

Free one day training open to all childminders and early years setting. This training focuses on building practitioner confidence and skills to promote a healthy lifestyle in children attending their settings and has a child focus.

When: if you are in Better Start or

Please note: there is no obligation to run any group programmes following this training. If you are interested in running groups for parents, please contact us to find out about other training sessions which are available.

Support available for Parents:

Group Programme – Healthy Families: Right from the Start with HENRY

Who’s it for?

Parents of children aged 0-5 years. This is a universal offer, as the healthy lifestyle information is applicable to all, including adults!

What does it involve?

FREE 8-week programme for parents and carers of babies and young children to give them the tools and skills they need to provide a healthy family lifestyle

Where’s it running?

Programmes run regularly throughout the 7 Better Start Children’s Centre’s – details are kept up-to-date about programmes running at: Programmes do run across other centres in Bradford, details can be found by contacting or contacting centres directly.

1-to-1 Programme

Who’s it for?

Parents of children aged 0-5 years who may not be able to attend a group due to lack of confidence/disability/unable to access a local group or where more targeted support is needed.

What does it involve?

A structured one-to-one support for families with babies or young children to help them if they are at particular risk of obesity or already overweight.

Where’s it running?

At present, the 1-to-1 programme is only available to families in the Better Start area. Please download a form at or contact to discuss a referral.

NEW Volunteer Programme – HENRY Parent Champions

We are very excited to announce that we have a volunteer programme starting in October and are accepting expressions of interest NOW! Please could you display the attached adverts in your settings and distribute to anyone you think might be interested:

At HENRY Better Start, we are looking for volunteers who are willing to give up to 3 hours a week.

We are looking for volunteers who would like to:

  • ·        Be part of a team
  • ·        Gain experience supporting families
  • ·        Enable families in your community to live longer, healthier and happier lives
  • ·        Receive 4 days of free training
  • ·        Receive regular support and supervision
  • ·        Improve CV and employment opportunities

Please contact for more details.


Published: 25/07/2016
Audience: All practitioners working with families of children aged 0-5 - Early Years Practitioners, Childminde
Contact: Nicola

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