Parents and staff at Waltham Forest open day

HENRY in Waltham Forest

UPDATE: See our new events calendar page to check the activities taking place across the borough.

The Best Start with HENRY service supports families with children aged 0-5 to provide the best and healthiest start in life for their children.

Find out more

Our family services cover four key themes:

  • Infant feeding – breast, bottle or mixed
  • Healthy eating 
  • Oral health
  • Speech & language

Digital support in response to the coronavirus:

We offer free remote support to all families in the borough with children aged 0-5.

Infant feeding – breast, bottle or mixed

  • A dedicated infant feeding helpline, staffed by our local practitioners (0208 496 5222). Get practical and emotional support with breastfeeding, bottle feeding, and mixed feeding.
  • Free weekly 1-hour interactive workshops, hosted by the local Infant Feeding Team.  There are 3 different sessions across each week for you to take part in from the comfort of your own home.  It is a great opportunity to meet other local families! Read more here.
  • Support with infant feeding during covid-19 – read more here.

Healthy eating / oral health

  • One-to-one support by phone/ video call with healthy eating, physical activity and oral health from our trained practitioners.  Contact the office to arrange a time that suits you ( / 0208 496 5223)
  • An updated dentist list with support on what to do if your child needs to see a dentist. 
  • A free online healthy families programme running across the spring term. Meet local parents and explore guidance and solutions to issues such as parenting confidence, what children and family eat and enjoying life as a family. Read more here.
  • Fortnightly Starting Solids and Healthy Teeth workshops taking place every fortnight for local families.

Speech & language

  • Support with your child’s language development and communication, by phone or video call with our speech and language therapists. 

The HENRY team have created additional resources and tips to help you and your family stay happy and healthy during the COVID-19 lockdown:

If you’re interested in finding out more about how we can help you, the first step is to call us
(020 8496 5223) or email

You can also follow us on social media:

Instagram: HENRYinwalthamforest

Facebook: WFHENRYHealth

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Mother breastfeeding baby


Getting in touch

Please get in touch to find out more about how HENRY can help - or for an informal chat if you're concerned about feeding your baby, your child's eating, teeth or speech and language development.

020 8496 5223 – General enquiries

020 8496 5222 – Infant feeding helpline (available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)


HENRY Training for Early Years Practitioners

Our HENRY training is designed to build the skills of practitioners working in early years settings to provide effective support for families and children.

A Healthy Start in Childcare Training
To develop early years settings ability to provide healthy routines, food and activity for children in their care. Read more here.

Dental Health Promotion Training
To develop the knowledge and skills to deliver oral health messages and support effective oral hygiene routines.  Read more here and here.


HENRY offers great volunteering opportunities in Waltham Forest for people who are able to give some unpaid time helping to support children to have the best possible start in life.
Click here to find out more about volunteering with HENRY.

HENRY Waltham Forest Events

For a full calendar of all the HENRY events happening in the Waltham Forest area please click here


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Mum with baby
HENRY Wellbeing Journey

Information about the 4 week Wellbeing Journey and HENRY Buddies 

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What is Best Start with HENRY?

More information for commissioners and practitioners

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General enquiries

For more information and support, contact:
020 8496 5223

infant feeding helpline
Infant feeding helpline

For help and support, call 020 8496 5222
(available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

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Volunteer with us

Great volunteering opportunities for people who want to support children and families