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Help if you have children

There may be financial help available to you if you have children or are expecting a child.

Benefits and tax credits

Find details of the support you could receive if you are having a baby or already have a child on the government's website External Hyperlink.

You can check what benefits you may be eligible for by using our benefits calculator External Hyperlink, which is completely anonymous and free to use.

Healthy Start

If you're more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four, you may be able to get help to buy healthy food and milk, and to obtain vitamins. Find out more about Healthy Start here External Hyperlink.

Maternity Grant

If you are expecting your first child, you may be entitled to £500 through the Sure Start Maternity Grant. Visit the government's website to check if you are eligible External Hyperlink.

School meals

If you are a parent or carer of a child at school in year 3 or above, you may be able to apply for free school meals if you are in receipt of certain benefits. Check your eligibility here External Hyperlink.

Childcare costs

If you need help with the cost of childcare, you can find out what you may be entitled to by using the government's childcare cost calculator External Hyperlink

Before and after school clubs

If you are struggling to fit your working pattern around school hours, you can find Ofsted registered before and after school childcare by searching the Family Information and Services hub External Hyperlink.

Holiday activities

For support throughout the school holidays, you can find providers of the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme at the Connect4Communites website External Hyperlink.

You can find other holiday provisions by searching for activites in your area External Hyperlink


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