Food and Growing project

The Food and Growing project is an exciting diet and nutrition-focused project being delivered by Family Action, made up of two parts: the Starting Solids workshops and the Food for Life (allotment) programme.

Starting Solids

Starting Solids is a two-hour workshop to provide families with the education and the tools to understand when and how to introduce solid foods to their baby at six months old.

Workshops take place at the four children’s centres in ABSS areas: Cambridge Road, Centre Place, Friars and Summercourt. The HENRY organised course helps get your baby off to a great start!

The workshops will help you decide:

  • When your baby is ready to try solid food
  • What foods to start with
  • When your baby is hungry and when they have had enough
  • How to make meal times an enjoyable experience for both of you

It is only recommended to attend one workshop as the information provided will be repeated for each one – don’t forget that your Health Visitor is an invaluable resource too!

For more information or to book call 01702 220810 (choose option 1).

PLEASE NOTE: Crèche is not provided for the workshops, but you are welcome to attend with your baby.

Food for Life

A purpose-built allotment at Friars Children’s Centre in Shoeburyness hosts the Food for Life programme.

Weekly sessions for the programme take place at the allotment during the scheduled times and as well as learning more about how to grow fruit and vegetables, the free, fun six-week programme will also give families the opportunity to cook and try the food they have grown. There is also even an area for composting food and garden waste.

There is a Herb and Sensory garden to support learning and development through sensory play/equipment. Children and their families will be able to explore different textures/smells/taste of herbs planted in the sensory area and use some of these in their cooking during the final session.

Each week there will be an additional activity relating to growing/fruit/vegetables/herbs to embed learning (for example: Art & Craft and Story and Rhyme).

The first Food for Life programmes from January 2020 are:

  • Programme One Commencement date: 10th January – End date 14th February
  • Programme Two Commencement date: 28th February – End date 3rd April

To find out more information about the 12-week programme call 01702 220810 (select option 2).