November 2018

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Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) and Healthy Children's Centre awards and celebration event

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The achievements of Hertfordshire County Council’s Children’s Centres staff were recognised at the recent `Baby Friendly Initiative and Healthy Children’s Centre’ celebration event that took place at Mill Green Golf Course on Thursday 7 September 2018.

The event included the first BFI and Healthy Children’s Centre awards ceremony which highlighted the contribution, commitment and outstanding work that individuals and groups in Hertfordshire have made in response to these initiatives, which promote healthy lifestyle changes with families and responsive feeding for bottle and breast feeding.

Hertfordshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Teresa Heritage said ‘It’s very reassuring that we have so much support in Hertfordshire to help new mums, at what can be a very vulnerable time. Our children’s centre teams do an amazing job and get really positive feedback, so it’s fantastic that their achievements and hard work is being recognised.’

The winners were as follows.

  • Baby Friendly Initiative Champion of the Year – Julia Lewis, Three Rivers West Children’s Centre Group and Rosie Cross, Hitchin and Rural Children’s Centre Group.
  • Baby Friendly Initiative Group of the Year – Stort Valley and Villages Children’s Centre Group.
  • Baby Friendly Initiative Improved Group of the Year – Hatfield Children’s Centre Group and Hertsmere East Children’s Centre Group.
  • Healthy Children’s Centre Lead of the Year – Emma Ashworth, Three Rivers West Children’s Centre Group.
  • Healthy Children’s Centre Group of the Year – Stevenage South Children’s Centre Group.
  • Healthy Children’s Centre Improved Group of the Year – Hertford and Villages Children’s Centre Group.

Following the success of this event, Hertfordshire County Council wish to hold the awards as an annual recognition event for staff.

Congratulations to all nominees and winners.

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