Help for families with children

Help with childcare costs

You can get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. This goes up to £1,000 every 3 months if a child is disabled (up to £4,000 a year).

Find out more about tax-free childcare on GOV.UK.

If you need help with childcare costs for children aged 2 to 4, visit our help with childcare costs page.

Free school meals and uniforms

Free school meals and clothing grants to help parents buy school uniforms are available for pupils whose parents or carers receive certain benefits.

We are committed to building shared prosperity in the borough by providing your child with the best education and support opportunities. 

Apply for free school meals.

Child Benefit 

You can claim Child Benefit if you're responsible for bringing up a child who is under 16 or under 20 if they are in education or training.

Find out more about Child Benefit on GOV.UK.

Healthy Start vouchers

If you're more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be able to get help to buy healthy food and milk.

Find out more about Healthy Start vouchers.

Help with maternity costs

You could claim a one-off payment of £500 to help with the costs of having a child.

Find out more about the Sure Start Maternity Grant on GOV.UK.

Claim a real nappy voucher

If you are pregnant or have a baby and live in H&F, you are entitled to one free real nappy voucher worth £45.

This can be used to purchase any real nappies and related accessories from the Washable Nappy Company.

For more information see our real nappies page.

Help with prescriptions

Did you know, if you regularly pay prescription charges, a prescription prepayment certificate could save you money?

Or, if you have a low income you may qualify for help through the NHS Low Income Scheme.

In addition, some groups are automatically entitled to free NHS prescriptions, and others can apply for certificates that entitle them to free NHS prescriptions.

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