Practitioner Training

HENRY provides evidence-based early years training courses for all practitioners working with families of young children. HENRY training helps practitioners support families to develop a healthier lifestyle. Our early years training courses are suitable for health visitors, midwives, children’s centre workers, nutritionists, dieticians and child-minders. HENRY trained practitioners help parents give their babies and young children a healthy start in life.

Support for behaviour change is essential to help families adopt a healthier lifestyle. Helping families to develop healthier habits depends to a very great extent on the knowledge and skills of the practitioner. The lasting change achieved when practitioners use the HENRY approach is built on working in partnership with families – developing relationships based on trust and respect and doing things with families rather than to them or for them.

HENRY early years training helps practitioners support families because it:

  • Integrates evidence-based models to develop motivation and to support behaviour change
  • Highlights strengths and promotes self-efficacy
  • Focuses on solutions

Independent longitudinal evaluation has demonstrated:

  • Increased practitioner confidence to tackle complex and sensitive lifestyle issues following HENRY training
  • Health Visitors, early years workers, and other practitioners continue to use the knowledge and skills gained many years after they complete HENRY early years training
  • Tangible impact of HENRY training on family outcomes
  • Practitioners make sustained personal changes to develop a healthier lifestyle, enhancing their credibility with parents
  • Positive changes to policy and practice in early years settings – including age-appropriate portion sizes, healthy snacks and strengthened team working

The proven effectiveness of HENRY early years training for practitioners ensures it provides real value for money for commissioners. More than 10,000 health visitors and early years workers have joined a HENRY training. Commissioners and practitioners alike attest to its transformational impact on professional practice

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Accredited Training Courses

Learn more about HENRY training courses for health and early years practitioners such as health visitors, midwives, and children’s centre workers in the table below.

Healthy Families: Tackling Child Obesity with HENRY is the name for HENRY’s suite of practitioner training courses, that is accredited by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH). The accredited HENRY trainings include the Core Training, Group Facilitation Training, Advanced Training and the A Healthy Start in Childcare course.

HENRY training programmes are normally provided at an event price. But we do run HENRY trainings in Oxford every year on which you can book individual places.

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Training Catalogue

Course title

Course description


Core Training

The principles and practice of the HENRY approach to preventing child obesity, with a particular emphasis on developing practitioners’ support skills in work with parents and carers of young children
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2 Days

Advanced Training

A second-stage course for those who have already attended the Core Training which equips practitioners to undertake structured
one-to-one work with parents using an outcomes-based support tool
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1 Day

Group Facilitation Training

A second-stage course in facilitation skills for those who have already attended the Core Training, which equips practitioners to lead the 8-week Family Programme for parents and carers
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2 Days

A Healthy Start in Childcare

A practical introduction to the knowledge and skills needed to contribute to a healthy start within childcare settings, particularly suited to nursery and daycare staff and childminders
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1 Day

Supporting Behaviour Change

A one-day course to equip health and early years practitioners with the skills, knowledge and confidience to provide effective support in relation to any issue and a structured outcomes-based framework to support behaviour change.
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1 day

Training for Trainers Scheme

An opportunity to build local sustainability, enabling senior practitioners with considerable previous training experience to lead HENRY training courses and support practitioners.
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3 days