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Get help to buy food and milk at Children's Centres ( Healthy Start)

What is Healthy Start?

With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, fresh, frozen, and tinned fruit and vegetables, fresh, dried, and tinned pulses, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins.

Pregnant or have children under the age of four? You could qualify if you're on benefits, or if you're pregnant and under 18.

Healthy Start helps you give your family the very best start in life

If you’re pregnant or have a child under 4, you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods. This important means-tested scheme provides vouchers to spend with local retailers. Pregnant women and children over 1 and under 4 can get one £3.10 voucher per week. Children under 1 can get two £3.10 vouchers (£6.20) per week.  This will increase to £4.25 per week from April 2021.

The vouchers can be spent on:
  • plain cow’s milk – whole, semi-skimmed or skimmed. It can be pasteurised, sterilised, long life or UHT
  • fresh, frozen and tinned fruit and vegetables including loose, pre-packed, whole, sliced, chopped or mixed fruit or vegetables, fruit in fruit juice, or fruit or vegetables in water, but not those to which fat, salt, sugar or flavouring have been added
  • fresh, dried and tinned pulses, including but not limited to lentils, beans, peas and chickpeas but not those to which fat, salt, sugar or flavouring have been added
  • infant formula milk that says it can be used from birth and is based on cow’s milk
Healthy Start vitamins 

Women and children getting Healthy Start food vouchers also get vitamin coupons to swap for free Healthy Start vitamins. Healthy Start vitamins are specifically designed for pregnant and breastfeeding women and growing children.

Find out more on the Healthy Start website (opens a new window)

You can get Healthy Start vouchers and vitamins from Children's Centres and health clinics in in Kingston and Richmond.


Hawks Road Health Clinic Hawks Road, Kingston, KT1 3DS Phone: 020 8546 1115

Tolworth Children's Centre School Lane, Tolworth, KT6 7QJ Phone: 020 8339 9848

Hollyfield House 22 Hollyfield Road, Surbiton, KT5 9AL Phone: 020 8339 8000

Chessington Children's Centre Buckland Road, Chessington, KT9 1JF Phone: 020 8397 2006

Old Malden Children's Centre Entrance in Lawrence Avenue, New Malden, KT3 5NB Phone: 020 8241 0837

Kingston Town Children's Centre Villiers Road, Kingston, KT1 3AR Phone: 020 8481 0640

Kingston Healthy Start Poster (pdf)


Barnes Children’s Centre, SW13 9AE

Centre House, SW14 8LP

Ham Children’s Centre, TW10 7BG

Ham Clinic, TW10

Heathfield Children’s Centre, TW2 6EX

Norman Jackson Children’s Centre, TW12 1QU

Stanley Children’s Centre, TW11 8UH

Tangley Park Children’s Centre, TW12 3XB

Teddington Health and Social Care Centre, TW11 0LR

Whitton Corner Health Centre, TW2 6LD