The first few years of a child's life are vitally important to determine what kind of person that child grows up to be.  Building healthy lifestyle habits starts before a baby is even born and so families need all the support they can get in order to bring up the next generation to be Healthy Little Foodies.

The Healthy Little Foodies project was born out of this idea and aims to give the families of Edinburgh the knowledge and skills needed to feed their children a healthy balanced diet.  It takes a village to bring up children and in these times, that 'village' often comes in the form of services and support rather than neighbours and the local community.

We have developed various groups and workshops, both online and in-person, to cover different aspects of nutrition in those first crucial years:

Weaning workshop

Aimed at parents and carers who are introducing foods to their babies for the first time, this workshop looks at:

  • signs of readiness to look out for
  • what first foods to start with and how to progress through food groups and textures
  • tips for preventing fussy eating in later life
  • lots of recipes to try
  • chat with other parents and carers with babies the same age

More info and sign up here

Healthy Little Foodies Sessions

In-person sessions with parent and toddler groups around the city run in partnership with Tasting Change and the Health Agency.  Sessions are tailored to the age range and needs of the group and include a fun food activity.  These can be a one-off or a series of sessions arranged directly with our Early Years Nutrition specialist.  If you would like to arrange a session contact Jess via email or phone:

[email protected]

0131 467 7326


Fussy Eaters' Workshop

Aimed at parents of children around 1-6 years experiencing difficulties around stressful mealtimes and their child's restrictive eating behaviours.  This workshop covers:

  • Why do children develop fussy eating behaviours?
  • Planning for a positive mealtime – what can I do in advance?
  • Control and choice – getting the balance right.
  • At the table – techniques to use during mealtimes.
  • Appetite and portion sizes
  • Talking about food – how our language plays a part.
  • Early years nutrition

More info and sign up here

Family Smiles cooking groups

Weekly online cooking classes for parents/carers with a child under 5 years old.  Receive the ingredients for a new recipe each week and cook along with Jo via Zoom.  Learn all about providing a healthy balance, reducing sugar in your little ones diets and how to ensure good oral hygiene to keep their teeth strong and healthy.  New groups starting in January run on:

  • Tuesdays 10am
  • Fridays 10am 
  • Fridays 2pm

More info and sign up here