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About HENRY: A great start for babies and young children

Providing a healthy start & brighter future

Everyone wants the best for their children, but it can be hard to know what to do as a parent in the early years. That’s where HENRY comes in. The HENRY programme is free to join and helps you give your child the best possible start in life.


About the programme

The programme is for parents or carers of children aged 0 to 5 years old and it is free to join. It consists of weekly sessions that help support you and your family to give your children the best start in life.

The HENRY Healthy Families: Right from the Start programme is running locally in Merthyr Tydfil from October 2021. Join the thousands of families across the country who have benefited from the support and tips it provides for young families. Research shows that the key ingredients to ensuring babies and young children have a healthy start in life are:

  • Parenting confidence
  • Physical activity for little ones
  • What children and families eat
  • Family lifestyle habits
  • Enjoying life as a family

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.

Is the HENRY programme for me?

The HENRY programme can help everyone with a baby or young child. Every parent who joins learns something new and useful. If you have at least one child under 5 years old and can answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions below then HENRY is for you:

  • Would you like to feel more confident as a parent?
  • Would you like some support to give your child a healthy start?
  • Do you wish your child would eat more fruit and vegetables?
  • Would you like to reduce mealtime stress?
  • Would you like to enjoy being active together as a family more often?
  • Are you interested in some ideas to get children away from the TV?

What do other parents say about it?

  • 97% of parents would recommend it
  • 89% feel more confident as a parent

What do I get on a HENRY programme?

Every parent joining a HENRY programme receives a HENRY toolkit which includes everything you’ll need during the programme and helpful resources to use in your family. The HENRY toolkit will help you give your child a great start in life, get the whole family involved, and keep track of how well you’re doing.

Weekly Sessions

Each week helps you provide a healthy, happy, supportive environment for the whole family.

  • Week 1 – Decide what changes you want to make and set your own goals.
  • Week 2 – How to juggle life with young children so you all get what you need.
  • Week 3 – How to respond to children’s needs without giving in to all their demands.
  • Week 4 – Positive mealtime tips for a happy family – reducing mealtime stress for everyone.
  • Week 5 – Ideas for active play to help children learn, develop and stay happy.
  • Week 6 – Food groups, food labels, portion sizes for under 5s, first foods, and snack swaps.
  • Week 7 – Understanding and managing your child’s behaviour for a happier home.
  • Week 8 – Celebrate your success as a parent and plan the future for your family.

For more information about HENRY, or for some useful parenting resourses, visit their website here.

HENRY is coming to Merthyr Tydfil soon – starting Autumn 2021. For more information please contact Shakira on 07553 834076, or via email at HENRY_CTM_PHW@wales.nhs.uk.