Help for families

Government support

Childcare Choices

Access government help with childcare costs for parents on Childcare Choices.

Whether you have toddlers or teens, you could get support.

Visit Childcare Choices

Sure Start Maternity Grant

You could claim a one-off payment of £500 to help towards the costs of having a child.

Find out about the Sure Start Maternity Grant

NHS 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.

Find out more about the Healthy Start Scheme

Other organisations

The Cowshed

The aim of The Cowshed is to provide good quality cleaned and ironed clothes and other essentials free to anyone in need. 

Visit The Cowshed

Create Hope

A charity working with families offering play therapy and therapeutic support.

Visit Create Hope

First Days children's charity

First Days reduces the long term effect of poverty on children by equipping them with the essential items they need for their early years and at school.

Visit First Days

Home Start

A charity providing emotional and practical help to local families.

Visit Home Start

The Baby Bank

Providing essentials to families in extreme need.

Visit The Baby Bank

Children and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Working with young people who are experiencing significant, severe and complex difficulties with their mental health.

Visit NHS Berkshire