Virtual starting solid food sessions
In this 60 minute workshop (PDF 82Kb) you will learn about starting and progressing with solid foods with your baby in a practical and friendly session with an expert dietitian and nutritionists. Find out dates of next sessions and log-on details please refer to the links below:
Our community children's nutrition and dietetic service is a dynamic team of experts working to support local families with good nutrition.
Early years public health service
Our team of community food workers, nutritionists and dietitians work with parents and carers of the under-fives, children’s centres and local partners across Southwark and Lambeth. We work in partnership with local councils on relevant strategies, projects and consultations. We provide nutrition training to other early years professionals.
We offer workshops, courses and nutrition advice drop-in sessions in children's centres that are open to everyone.
- Starting solid foods - learn about starting and progressing with solid foods with your baby, in a practical and friendly environment with an expert dietitian or nutritionist.
- Positive mealtimes – a dietitian-led 5 week programme for children and parents or carers experiencing difficult mealtimes. This is a referral only service for children aged 18 months-4 years. Please discuss with your health visitor for referral.
- Cook and eat well courses - come and cook tasty, healthy meals, learn about food from different cultures, meet other families in your area, learn about nutrition and gain new cooking skills.
- Cook and taste sessions - an opportunity for parents, carers and children to explore food and learn to make a new dish together, in a fun, relaxed and safe environment.
- Healthy families right from the start (HENRY) - these are eight week courses offering support to parents and carers with whole-family nutrition, parenting skills, physical activity and emotional wellbeing. Contact your local children’s centres in Southwark or Lambeth to find out when the next course near you begins.
Cook and Eat Well courses in Lambeth and Southwark
Cook and Eat Well courses aim to develop parents’ skills and knowledge in cooking and healthy eating. Dates coming soon.
More information about nutrition and dietetics
Free vitamin D
The vitamin D scheme provides free universal supplementation of the vitamin D in the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. It is non-means tested and it aims to promote the uptake of Healthy Start vitamins as well as raise awareness of the programme in the community and hospitals.
As a pregnant women you will find out and get your first supply of vitamins from your midwife. Then you will be signed post to register with the pharmacy.
Your health visitor will provide you with your first bottle of vitamins for your new born on their birth visit and also sign post you to register if haven’t done already.
The scheme is available to:
- pregnant women
- new mothers until their child is one year old
- all children under four living in Lambeth or Southwark
For more information, please talk to your GP, midwife, health visitor or local pharmacist. You can also find out more about this service from our vitamin D leaflet (PDF 182Kb)
Learn more about Vitamin D in Lambeth and Southwark on our Community Food Workers Facebook page.
Our children's dietitians and dietetic assistant help to improve the nutrition of children with special needs across the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. They also work with parents and carers, and staff at special needs schools and other teams.
This service offers:
- dietetic clinics at special needs schools in Lambeth and Southwark
- dietetic input for the community behavioural feeding clinics at the Mary Sheridan Centre and Sunshine House
- training for parents and health professionals
- weight management parent only group sessions for parents of children with special needs at Gracefield Gardens Health and Social Care Centre and Sunshine House Child Development Centre
We accept referrals to our clinical service only.