National Healthy Start Scheme
The Healthy Start scheme provides vouchers to pregnant women who qualify and families who qualify. The vouchers can be used to buy milk and plain fresh and frozen vegetables at local shops. You’ll also get coupons that can be exchanged for free vitamins locally.
Healthy Start vitamin tablets for women are specially designed for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and contain vitamins C and D and folic acid.
Healthy Start children’s vitamin drops are for infants aged from six months to five years old, and contain vitamins A, C and D.
If you qualify for the Healthy Start scheme you can swap your coupons for free vitamins locally – just ask your midwife or health visitor where they are accepted in your area.
You qualify for Healthy Start if you’re at least 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under four years old, and you or your family get:
- Income Support
- Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Child Tax Credit (but not Working Tax Credit unless your family is receiving Working Tax Credit run-on only) and has an annual family income of £16,190 or less (2014 to 2015)
If you are pregnant and under 18 years old, you qualify for Healthy Start vouchers regardless of your income.
If you are claiming Universal Credit and are pregnant or have a child under four years old, call the Healthy Start helpline on 0845 607 6823 for information about any discretionary support that may be available.
Kirklees Local Healthy Start Scheme
Kirklees Public Health commission Yorkshire Children’s Centre to deliver a local Healthy Start scheme. This provides free vitamins C, D and folic acid to all women who are pregnant or have a child under one. The scheme also provides Healthy Start vitamin drops that contain vitamins A, C and D to children from 6 months to four years old.
This provision includes asylum seekers and has been put in place to improve maternal and child nutrition across Kirklees and reduce inequalities, whilst increasing awareness and access to the National Healthy Start scheme.
For more information please contact Marie Haigh:
Tel. 01484 415465.0 014