July-Aug 2016 - Children's health

Healthy Peterborough

Healthy Start Scheme

Could you qualify to receive free vitamins for children under 4 and as a pregnant or breastfeeding woman? There are also free vouchers to spend on some basic foods. Healthy Start helps you to give your family the best start in life.

Healthy Start Vitamins

Eating a healthy, balanced diet is important for everyone. However some groups of people may still find it difficult to get all of the goodness they need from their diet. It is recommended that pregnant or breastfeeding mothers and small children take a vitamin supplement in addition to eating well. This helps them to get the vitamins they need to stay healthy.

Vitamin tablets are available for pregnant women and mothers with a child under one who qualify. Children’s vitamin drops are available for those aged from 6 months to 4 years. Find out if you qualify or for more information you can speak to your Midwife or Health Visitor. Applying for Healthy Start is easy.

If you already receive Healthy Start vitamin coupons but aren’t sure where you can swap them for free vitamins click here for a list of places in Peterborough.

Healthy Start Vouchers

Healthy Start vouchers can help you to buy these basic foods; milk, fruit and vegetables and infant formula milk. Click here to check if you qualify for free vouchers or speak to your Midwife or Health Visitor. 

  • Pregnant women and children over one and under four years old can get one £3.10 voucher per week.
  • Children under one year old can get two £3.10 vouchers (£6.20) per week.

You can use the vouchers in any local participating shop. Click here to find a retailer near you.

Who to contact

Telephone 0345 6076823 or visit Healthy Start


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Healthy Peterborough is led by:
  • Peterborough City Council
  • Peterborough Pharmacies
  • Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust