A Healthy Start for all Children to the New Year

To be completed by: Wed 08 Feb 2017

Time: -Wed 08 Feb 2017 | Venue:

Opportunities for Continuing Professional Development and Support available for families who are looking to find out more about providing the best start in life for their children.

HENRY have been commissioned by Public Health and Better Start Bradford to support the District’s aims of ensuring improved health and well-being for all our children. Evidence tells us that getting things right in the Early Years is critical for ensuring that children will go on to live healthy, happy lives.

Here is an update about some of the opportunities we have for practitioners and parents in the Better Start area to support the work you do in schools to ensure that children have the healthiest start in life. Please feel free to circulate this information.

Practitioner Training:

Core Training (for those who work with directly parents – PIW’s, Family Support Workers)

This free 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 accredited.


18 - 19 January 2017

7 – 8 February 2017 – please attend both days

For more information, or to request a booking form, please contact: nicola.charnock@henry.org.uk

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

We are currently compiling a waiting list – please let me know if you would like to register your interest for this free two-day training to lead a group programme for parents.

Healthy Start in Childcare Training (for those who work directly with children in Nursery/Reception - teachers, nursery nurses, support assistants)

This free one-day training, accredited by the RSPH, enables staff to:

  • Model a healthy lifestyle to children in their care
  • Adopt a consistent approach around nutrition and activity across all our settings throughout Bradford District
  • Understand the value of active play
  • Increase staff confidence in providing an environment that will promote healthy eating behaviour and making good choices
  • Develop their knowledge about healthy meals, snacks and portion sizes for young children in line with current Public Health, NICE and WHO guidelines
  • Manage behaviour and build self-esteem, so that children start school emotionally prepared and ready to learn

For dates and to book on, click here

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 Better Start in schools and children’s centres – details are kept up-to-date about programmes running at: www.henry.org.uk/henryinbradford.  Programmes do run across other centres in Bradford, details can be found by contacting kate.gledhill@bradford.gov.uk 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 www.henry.org.uk/henryinbradford or contact nicola.charnock@henry.org.uk to discuss a referral.

Volunteer Programme – HENRY Parent Champions

At HENRY Better Start, we are looking for volunteers who are willing to give up to 3 hours a week to plan, deliver and evaluate healthy lifestyle activities aimed at families with young children.

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 nicola.charnock@henry.org.uk for more details.




Published: 04/01/2017
Audience: Headteacher, Early Years staff, Early Years Teachers, Reception Teacher, Nursery Teacher/Nurse
Contact: Nicola Charnock

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