Practitioners in City & Hackney

UPDATE: Face-to-face interactions are being halted in the short term in response to COVID-19. We can continue to provide a remote service and maintain contact with families in City & Hackney via phone and email.

If you are a practitioner in City & Hackney, you can contact us on 07519 109876 or at to find out more.

Referrals to the Healthy Families programme

If you are a professional and would like to refer a family to the 8 week Healthy Families group programme or Fussy Eating support, please download and complete our referral form.


The Best Start with HENRY service is also providing practitioner training courses for health and early years practitioners across City & Hackney to help you provide effective support for a healthy start to the families you work with. Contact us on the details above to find our more, including the next available sessions.

Eat Better Start Better

The Best Start with HENRY team works in collaboration with Hackney Learning Trust to promote the Eat Better Start Better programme, which aligns with national dietary recommendations for children aged 6 months to 5 years and sets out food and drink guidelines for young children in England. HENRY provides support and training for Early Years settings and Childminders to improve menus and mealtimes, helping to promote a healthy weight and healthy teeth and gums for all young children living in Hackney.

Sugar Smart

The Sugar Smart campaign in Hackney aims to reduce excessive sugar consumption in the borough. This involves working with settings to raise awareness and take actions to reduce sugar.

As sugar smart ambassadors we promote 'Sugar Smart' messages to the community. Key Sugar Smart messages that we promote are:

  • water and milk are the best drinks for children to have
  • free flow cups are best for children from 6 months onwards
  • sugary food or dried fruit should only be offered to children at meal times to prevent tooth decay

We also:

  • raise awareness about the impact of excessive sugar consumption on long term health
  • emphasise the importance of brushing teeth
  • promote the sugar smart app by Public Health England (available via Google Play and the Apple App Store)

Find more information on the Sugar Smart campaign in Hackney here.

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HENRY in City & Hackney

Best Start with HENRY supports hundreds of local families with children aged 0-5

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Free vitamins

If you live in or go to the GP in City or Hackney, you may be eligible for free vitamins