Best Start with HENRY

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With a specific focus on healthy eating and healthy weight the Best Start with HENRY service offers:

  • Targeted Healthy Families programmes for families of children who have been identified as requiring additional support in this area
  • A series of standalone universal healthy eating workshops for families on starting solids, and healthy eating in the early years
  • A broad training programme for all education, health professionals and community and voluntary organisations who work with families of children aged 0-5, including raising the issue of weight;
  • Supporting the already established Eat Better Start Better programme in early years settings, run by Hackney Learning Trust;
  • Promotion and delivery of Healthy Start
  • General health promotion of healthy, active lifestyles including healthy eating and early nutrition across services, and to health and education professionals who work with 0-5 year olds within the City and Hackney.

For up-to-date timetables, please visit our website

Eligibility criteria


Children aged under 5 years who live or are registered with a GP in the City and Hackney AND one of the following:

  • Parents/carers who are concerned about their child’s weight, eating habits or physical activity levels or
  • Professionals working with under 5 year olds and their families who are concerned about a child’s weight or
  • A child over two years of age with a BMI >91st centile
  • A child whose weight is on or above the 99.6th centile
  • A child whose weight has gone up by more than two centile lines


  • Fussy eating/food neophobia where the child is not growing well
  • Nutritional deficiencies e.g. iron deficiency
  • Patients on oral nutritional supplements
  • Constipation and diarrhoea
  • Non oral feeding
  • Multiple allergies.  Children would require referral to secondary care Homerton allergy service
  • Children with long-term conditions including diabetes or morbidities

How to refer

The following clinicians can refer to this service: GPs, Nurses,