Services for Young Children

Low income families / families claiming benefits

Sure Start Maternity Grant

What is it?

  • If families are living on a low income and faced with costs they are unable to meet they may be able to receive funding from the Social Fund.

  • Must be in receipt of other benefits: Income Support, Income based Job Seeker's Allowance or Tax Credits at the higher rates.

  • Must claim from 11 weeks before the week your baby is due until 3 months after the baby is born.

How much?

  • One off payment of £500 as at 2011/12 for one child in the family

How to apply?

  • Distributed through Jobcentre Plus.

  • Visit Jobcentre Plus

  • Telephone Jobcentre Plus on 0800 055 6688

 

Healthy Start Scheme

What is it?

  • Parents may be entitled to free milk, fresh fruit and vegetables, infant formula and vitamins*.

  • Women may qualify if they have at least one child under four years old and on benefits, or if they are under 18 and pregnant.

  • Must be in receipt of other benefits: Income Support, Income based Job Seeker's Allowance or Tax Credits at the higher rates.

  • Annual income must be £16,190 or less as at 2011/12.

How much?

Healthy Start vouchers are worth as at 2011/12:

  • £3.10 a week if you are pregnant.

  • £6.20 a week for each baby aged under one.

  • £3.10 a week for each child aged over one and under four.

How to apply?

  • Ask your midwife or health visitor or speak to your local Children's Centre.

  • Visit Healthy Start

* To obtain vitamins parents need to speak to their health professional first and use the letter that accompanies the vouchers to request vitamins.