Staff recognised for promoting healthy lifestyles to new parent and families

Published: 06 Sep 2018


The Achievements of Hertfordshire County Council’s Children’s Centres staff were recognised at the recent `Baby Friendly Initiative and Healthy Children’s Centre’ celebration event.

The awards highlighted the contribution, commitment and outstanding work that individuals and groups in Hertfordshire have made in response to these initiatives, which promote healthy lifestyle changes with families and responsive feeding for bottle and breast feeding.

From healthy eating and physical activity, to oral health and mental wellbeing, the Healthy Children’s Centre Programme has provided a strong foundation for children’s centres to make sure that they are giving consistent health messages to families. The Healthy Children’s Centre Programme was developed and delivered in partnership by Hertfordshire County Council and Herts for Learning. The programme also supports the Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative.

All centres in Hertfordshire are now fully Unicef UK Baby Friendly accredited and mums can get support on feeding baby or be signposted to other support groups via these centres. There are 83 support groups around the county to help with feeding baby whether that’s breastfeeding or bottle-feeding and Health visitors are also available to provide support and advice.

Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Sevices, Teresa Heritage said: “It’s very reassuring that we have so much support in Hertfordshire to help new mums, at what can be a very vulnerable time. Our Children’s Centre teams do an amazing job and get really positive feedback, so it’s fantastic that their achievements and hard work is being recognised.”

Feedback has included;
`Has been a lifeline for me as a new mum in an area where I have no family support nearby. I have made wonderful friends and feel fully supported from an almost makeshift family’
`If I have a concern the centre is my first point of call’
`Opened a world of knowledge, support and friendship’

The winners were:
Baby Friendly Initiative Champion of the Year – Julia Lewis, Three Rivers West Children’s Centre Group and Rosie Cross, Hitchin and Rural Children’s Centre Group
Baby Friendly Initiative Group of the Year – Stort Valley and Villages Children’s Centre Group
Baby Friendly Initiative Improved Group of the Year – Hatfield Children’s Centre Group and Hertsmere East Children’s Centre Group
Healthy Children’s Centre Lead of the Year – Emma Ashworth, Three Rivers West Children’s Centre Group
Healthy Children’s Centre Group of the Year – Stevenage South Children’s Centre Group
Healthy Children’s Centre Improved Group of the Year – Hertford and Villages Children’s Centre Group

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