Health advice and useful information
  • Seasonal Recipes which Carry Lower Calories and are Easy enough to Make with Children

The Children’s Food Trust have developed a set of new seasonal recipes.
Under 500 calories –  
There are also a number of recipes grouped together for soups, meat-free, leftovers and stews. 

  • How to Cut Back on Sugar Without Noticing

Too much sugar can lead to weight gain and obesity, a risk factor for coronary heart disease, stroke and type 2 diabetes. Here are 6 small changes that you'll hardly notice, but which can help you cut back on sugar and trim thousands of calories from your diet.

  • Children's Oral Health
  • Almost a quarter (24.7%) of five year olds have tooth decay so 1 in 4 children will have tooth decay when they start school.
  • Tooth decay is the most common reason for hospital admission in children aged 5-9 years in 2014/15 with over 26,000 children admissions for an almost entirely preventable disease.
  • The main ways of combatting tooth decay are increasing the use of fluoride and reducing sugar consumption
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse One Stop Shop

A One Stop Shop takes place every Thursday morning until 12.30pm at Barnet House. A range of agencies are available to provide advice and information, and no appointment is necessary. One Stop Shop operates on a drop-in basis. You can contact the One Stop Shop by calling 020 8359 4797. For further information contact: Manju Lukhman Domestic Violence and Abuse and Violence against Women and Girls Coordinator Community Safety Team, Commissioning Group - Environment Tel: 020 8359 5625 email:

  • Official Government Advice on Vitamin D

Children aged one to four years should have a daily 10 microgram vitamin D supplement. PHE recommends that babies are exclusively breastfed until around six months of age. As a precaution, all babies under one year should have a daily 8.5-10 microgram vitamin D supplement to ensure they get enough. Children who have more than 500ml of infant formula a day do not need any additional vitamin D as formula is already fortified.
Click here for full details and an article

  • Physically Active Play – How physical activity in early years can impact obesity levels

Physical activity in childhood has a strong positive relationship with reducing the onset of obesity and other chronic diseases in adulthood. In the UK, physical activity guidelines detail the minimum level of physical activity required in early years for health benefits as:

  • Babies (0-12 months)
    Floor and water-based activities should be encouraged from birth with minimal time spent in carriers, seat or baby bouncers.
  • Toddlers (1-3 years)
    Those walking should be physically active for at least 180 minutes (3 hours) per day. This should include movement of large muscle groups climbing, jumping or riding a bike.
  • Preschool (3-5 years)
    Should be encouraged to be physically active throughout the day and spend less time doing sedentary activities such as watching TV, playing computers or in buggies.
    Click here for a full article and advice
Advice & Support Available at Coppetts Wood Children's Centre include:
Baby Clinic
Make an appointment to meet a Health Visitor for weighing and advice.
Healthy Start vitamin drops are available with Healthy Start vouchers.

Breastfeeding Support
Our Breastfeeding Counsellor is on hand to provide support and guidance weekly.
Advice is also provided over the phone.

Are you feeling low? Want someone to talk to?
Ask a Family Support Worker about seeing a therapist or counsellor who could help 020 8883 2985.

Weekly postnatal and antenatal appointments with your midwife. 

Smoking Cessation
One to one support is offered to parents or carers who wish to stop smoking.
Trained staff can offer advice on medication, techniques and provide specialist advice for pregnant smokers.

Speech and Language Therapy
Are you concerned about your child's speech and language development? We offer speech and language support and advice during our play sessions twice a week. Speech and Language Therapy appointments also available in the centre, call the centre to make an appointment.

Are you thinking of weaning your baby? Want some advice on where to start? Come along to our drop in session for support and advice.

...and much more

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