Starting Solids

About the Course

This workshop will take you through all you need to know about complimentary feeding, relevant to infants aged 4-12 months.

This is a useful course both for those who want to know more about complimentary feeding, and for those who want to refresh and update their knowledge.

Learners will become familiar with the latest recommendations around feeding babies and discuss the practicalities and expectations of mealtimes.


It compliments our ‘Nutrition for the Childcare Practitioner’ series, alongside our Fussy Eating, Healthy Eating in Children, and Reflux, Colic and Food sensitivity courses.

Course content

The course will cover:

  • When to start weaning
  • Traditional weaning
  • Baby-led weaning
  • Pros and cons of both types of weaning
  • TOP TIPS for a smooth weaning journey and reducing fussy eating
  • Gagging & choking
  • Foods to avoid
  • Essential weaning equipment
  • Allergies – introducing the main allergens & what to look out for
  • What a healthy diet should look like
  • Essential nutrients for healthy growth and development
  • Continuing breast or bottle feeds once solid foods are introduced
  • Baby food products – what to look out for

Course features

Suitable for..

This course is suitable for anyone working with infants and young children, such as

  • Childminders
  • Nannies
  • Earl years practitioners

It is also suitable for parents and other care givers of infants and young children. 

Delivery Format

This is a taught course, with opportunities to ask questions and reflect on current practice, benefiting from the presence of our highly qualified and experienced trainer.

Lucy Neary

Course Trainer – Lucy Neary

Lucy Neary is a registered dietitian, Mum/Step Mum of 3 and lifelong food fanatic. Lucy is on a mission to eliminate outdated and widespread feeding myths and to turn the next generation into enthusiastic eaters with a healthy relationship with their food.

Having worked as a dietitian Lucy thought she would know what to do when it came to weaning with her children but after researching the subject there was a lot of conflicting information. This is when she started on her mission to educate parents and childcare professionals on the importance of healthy eating and working with fussy eaters.

Fast forward 5 years and Lucy has worked with countless parents by teaching the facts and busting the myths around the nutritional needs of babies and development. Lucy has a passion for helping children love their food and encouraging healthy eating.

Upcoming dates

Event Venue Date
Starting Solids | 12th June 2024 Virtual classroom
  • June 12, 2024 6:30 pm
Starting Solids | 11th September 2024 Virtual classroom
  • September 11, 2024 6:30 pm
Starting Solids | 4th December 2024 Virtual classroom
  • December 4, 2024 6:30 pm

Related courses

Other workshops:

Starting solids – Informative and engaging live workshop taking you through all you need to know about this important stage in life.

Healthy eating in children – understand the principles regarding healthy diets, with a specific focus on children

Fussy eating – learn about what fussy eating is, why it occurs and how to manage it.

Reflux, colic and food sensitivity – learn how to distinguish between these conditions, and what to do about them.

eLearning online courses

Fussy eating online course – cover similar content to the workshop, but work at your own pace

Healthy eating online course – cover similar content to the workshop, but work at your own pace.