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Eating and feeding themselves

At school, children will need to be able to open their packed lunch and use a knife, fork and spoon.

These factsheets give some useful tips around teaching your child to use a knife, fork and spoon:

There is lots more information and useful links on the healthy eating page. The NHS Change4Life website (opens in a new window) also has lots of tips around how to prepare healthier lunchboxes and healthier meals for the whole family. There are also some great videos and tips around swapping to healthier snacks and making healthy food choices:

Who can help with healthy eating and children feeding themselves?

HENRY (Health, Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young) is an 8 week programme for parents with children aged 0 to 5 years, which provides support to enable parents to ensure their babies and young children have a healthy start in life, through developing parenting confidence, physical activity for little ones, what children and families eat and enjoying life as a family. Find out more about groups for parents and who to contact to attend.

Free online parent guides are available for parents living in Worcestershire and provide interactive activities, quizzes, video clips and practical hand-outs that focus on the parent-child relationship.