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
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
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 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 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.
Guidelines on healthy nutrition for parents, infants and pre-school children.
These guidelines will be useful to everyone with an interest in promoting healthy nutrition; professionals, childcare staff, parents and carers.
Hard copies can be found in all GP surgeries, libraries and early years settings in South Gloucestershire. You can also download and print a copy. A summary of the changes made since the first edition in 2011 is also available.