Pregnancy & Parenting

  • Free vitamins
    • Free vitamins

      If you have a child under the age of four or if you are trying for a baby, pregnant or breastfeeding, you can receive free healthy start vitamins (drops and tablets) from your local children’s centre or health centre.

  • Vaccinations
    • Vaccinations

      Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases for you and your family. They are safe and important, keeping your child free of diseases that can cause serious illness. All vaccinations for children under five are given in your local GP surgery. Make sure that your child is up-to-date and call your local surgery if you are unsure if your child is fully vaccinated, or if you think they may have missed a vaccination during Covid-19. You can see the schedule and more information about routine childhood vaccinations on the NHS website.

      During the flu season, make sure you’re in the know about the childhood flu vaccine, read our fact checker guide to childhood flu vaccine.

  • Parenting courses
    • Parenting courses

      Being a parent is not always easy, so you may find it helpful to come along to one of our parenting classes. Classes are held at children’s centres around the borough and cater for parents with children at all stages – from the early years to teenagers

      You can explore topics such as listening to children, solving problems, developing confidence as a parent and managing teenagers’ behaviour.

      Start4Life has information, videos and online parenting courses.

  • Mental health help
    • Mental health help

      Sometimes family life is difficult and you need help to cope. There are a number of local organisations which support parents, carers and families through challenging times.

      If you or your partner need support, you can contact your GP, midwife, health visitor or local children’s centre. You can also get help from: