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Maternal and child nutrition

Start 4 life

This leaflet provides advice on helping you give your baby a healthier start in life and has information on:

  • Mum’s milk
  • No rush to mush
  • Baby’s appetite
  • Avoid a sweet tooth
  • Baby moves
  • Every day counts

Healthy Start

With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. You can also find an application form on the Healthy Start website

Local project – help us to improve Healthy Start in South Gloucestershire

4 in 10 local families are missing out on Healthy Start vouchers worth up to £900 per child each year. Help us to improve things.

We would like to chat to mums and mums to be about their thoughts and experiences of Healthy Start (even if you’re not getting the vouchers) and how to improve it. For more information, see the flyer.

Our Privacy Notice explains what to expect when we collect and use your personal information for the project.

Healthy Start vitamins

If you get Healthy Start vouchers you will also be sent a green coupon every eight weeks which you can swap locally for FREE Healthy Start vitamins. To pick up your vitamins just take your green vitamin coupon along to any local distribution centre where you can exchange it.

Distribution centres in South Gloucestershire include:

 Cadbury Heath
Cadbury Heath Children’s Centre  Earlstone Crescent, Cadbury Heath, Bristol, BS30 8AA, Tel: 01454 862974
Filton Children’s Centre Conygre Road, Filton, Bristol, BS34 7DD Tel: 01454 864150
 Kingswood Children’s Centre Hollow Road, Kingswood Bristol, BS15 9TP Tel: 01454 864144
 Kingswood Hub      Alma Road, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 4DA Tel: 01454 862433
 Patchway Children’s Centre  Epney Close, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 5TF Tel: 01454 864146
 Patchway Hub          Rodway Road, Patchway, Bristol, BS34 5PE Tel: 01454 862434
 Staple Hill
 Staple Hill Children’s Centre  Page Road, Staple Hill , Bristol, BS16 4NE Tel: 01454 862972
 Yate Children’s Centre Cranleigh Court Road, Yate , South Gloucestershire, BS37 5DW Tel: 01454 864154
 Yate Westgate Centre        21 West Walk, Yate, South Gloucestershire , BS37 4AX Tel: 01454 315355

You can also visit the NHS website to search for locations outside of the local area. Please note that distribution centres in South Gloucestershire do not sell Healthy Start vitamins to women and children not on the scheme.

Sure Start Maternity Grant

The Sure Start Maternity Grant is a one-off payment of £500 which helps towards the costs of having a child. You usually qualify for the grant if you need help with buying things for a baby and if you or your partner are getting certain benefits.

You must claim the grant within 11 weeks of the baby’s due date or within three months after the baby’s birth. Ask your doctor or midwife about the grant. You can also print off a claim form.

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