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What is Ready, Steady, Go?

Ready, Steady, Go! is an eight-week group programme for children aged 4 to 11 and their families. The focus is on helping families achieve and maintain a healthy weight by making small and achievable lifestyle changes with the support of a team of trained staff.

Eight sessions cover a range of lifestyle topics including healthy eating, being active, sleep and screen time.  They are delivered in groups in local venues and online.  Sessions last up to an hour.

As well as attending the group, families have the opportunity to access one-to-one support throughout the duration of the programme, where they have the chance to discuss individual progress and other queries that they may feel they need some extra support with.

Who is it for?

Ready, Steady, Go! is suitable for East Sussex families who are looking to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. To be eligible for the programme, one child within the family will be above the healthy weight range. If you are unsure, our team can help you work this out or you can use the NHS healthy weight calculator to calculate their BMI. 

When and where are the sessions?

Ready, Steady, Go! sessions are offered on a virtual and face-to-face basis.  For our fully virtual programme, families can access the one-hour weekly group sessions online via Microsoft Teams.  Families will need access to a computer, tablet or mobile phone with internet, camera and microphone access.

Our face-to-face groups are delivered at local community venues, such as schools or community centres, and take place after school.  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are currently planning to host a hybrid version of our next face-to-face groups, meaning some weeks will be held at venues in person, and some held virtually.

Parents and carers are asked to attend the group with their child, whether the session is online or in person.  Ready, Steady, Go! is a programme that can benefit the whole family and we know that parents and carers play a crucial role in helping their child to make positive lifestyle changes.

From September and October 2021, groups will be running Monday to Thursday after school, with our next cohorts beginning the last week of September. 

Families that are unable to join us for the groups starting in September and October can still get in contact with us and join our waiting list so they are ready to join us in the new year.

How to join

Families can refer themselves into our programme using the online referral form or by calling our service and speaking to a member of the team. Schools and other professionals who may be supporting your family can also make a referral on the family’s behalf.

Online referral form:  School Health Service (East Sussex) referral form | Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (

Phone: East Sussex School Health Service on 0300 123 4062

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