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Healthy Child programme and school readiness

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Mothers' and fathers' emotional health

Parents are invited to register for the free evidence-based and NHS approved parenting courses available from the Solihull Approach, covering the antenatal period through to the teenage years. When registering, you will need to provide your postcode, as it is free for Berkshire residents, and the access code is PARENTING. This will give you free access to all the courses (normally available at cost) and it is a lifetime membership.

The BBC's Tiny Happy People website has been recommended by the Institute of Health Visiting. The website includes a variety of resources, including many short parenting videos (60 to 90 seconds) covering the pregnancy period through to early childhood.

Healthy Child Programme

Play and physical development

Berkshire Healthcare: Children, young people and family services

Help to buy food and milk, the Healthy Start scheme

If you’re more than 10 weeks pregnant or have a child under 4, you may be entitled to get help to buy healthy food and milk.

If you’re eligible, you’ll be sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can use in some UK shops. We’ll add your benefit onto this card every 4 weeks.

You can use your card to buy:

  • plain liquid cow’s milk
  • fresh, frozen, and tinned fruit and vegetables
  • fresh, dried, and tinned pulses
  • infant formula milk based on cow’s milk

You can also use your card to collect:

  • Healthy Start vitamins – these support you during pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • vitamin drops for babies and young children – these are suitable from birth to 4 years old

Healthy Start website

Download the easy read guide about how to apply for NHS Healthy Start and what you can buy

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Introducing Solids

School readiness