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.

Crisis Prevention Scheme

You may be able to get up to £900 to help deal with a financial emergency if you don't have enough money for basics like food, gas and electricity.

Apply for a crisis prevention payment

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.

Rose Vouchers

Funded by H&F Council, the Rose Vouchers Project helps residents living in poverty with children under the age of five get fresh fruit and vegetables from local market stalls. 

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 National Health Service needs and prescriptions

See Help with National Health Service needs and prescriptions

Winter Ready Homes Scheme

If you have children under the age of 5 in your household, you may be eligible for a small grant through the Winter Ready Homes Scheme. 

This can help you stay warm and save money this winter by covering the cost of measures that will make your home more energy efficient. 

For more information see Winter Ready Homes Scheme

Translate this website