Getting a healthy start and having a healthy diet during pregnancy is important for both the mother and the development and growth of the unborn baby.
Good nutrition during pregnancy and in early childhood helps preparation for healthy adulthood and can reduce the risk of obesity, heart disease and some cancers.
‘Healthy Start’ is a Government programme which replaced the previous welfare food scheme and is designed to provide financial help to improve nutrition of families receiving certain benefits and mothers under 18 years of age. Qualifying pregnant women and families with young children are provided with vouchers which can be used to buy milk, fresh fruit and vegetables and infant formula.
What do qualifying families get?
• If you are at least 10 weeks pregnant you get 1 voucher a week worth £3.10
• For each baby under the age of 1 you get 2 vouchers a week worth £6.20
• For each child over the age of 1 and under 4 you get 1 voucher a week worth £3.10
• You will also receive vouchers for free maternal supplements and/or child vitamin drops
How do I sign up?
Families receiving certain benefits such as income support, job seekers allowance or child tax credit can check if you are eligible here: Do I Qualify?
Where can I collect my vitamins from?
To view the latest Vitamin Collection Points in Kirklees please visit the Yorkshire Children’s Centre website.
For more information on where you can collect your vitamins from please call Yorkshire Children’s Centre on: 01484 415465 or Thriving Kirklees SPOC (single point of contact) on: 0300 304 5555 or alternatively Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on how to apply or application queries please call Healthy Start on TEL: 0345 607 6823 or visit the healthy start website.