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Healthy Start – Oldham

Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start)

What is Healthy Start?

If you’re pregnant or have children under the age of 4 you can get free vouchers or payments every 4 weeks to spend on cow’s milk, fresh, frozen or tinned fruit and vegetables, infant formula milk, fresh, dried, and tinned pulses. You can also get free Healthy Start vitamins.

Applying for Healthy Start Vouchers

Visit the website How to apply – Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start) or complete the Healthy Start (HS01a) application form.

Healthy Start digital launch

The NHSBSA is launching a digitised Healthy Start Scheme in autumn 2021 with an online application and prepaid card to replace the current paper vouchers.

This will help disadvantaged families eat more healthily by providing the support that is simpler to access and more flexible to use.

Paper vouchers will no longer be issued after March 2022, but any existing vouchers can be used by the expiry date shown on the voucher. If users of the paper vouchers don’t re-apply for the digital scheme, they will stop receiving their vouchers after March 2022.

Pre-paid card will be able to be used in any food retailer that accepts Mastercard.

When can women first apply for Healthy Start vouchers?

Women can apply for Healthy Start from confirmation of pregnancy at 10 weeks. After the baby is born, parents must notify the Healthy Start Issuing Unit to continue receiving vouchers / prepaid card for the baby.

When will claimants receive the vitamin vouchers?

Until the introduction of the digital scheme is fully implemented in April 2022 beneficiaries can use the green vitamin voucher / prepaid card to collect either Healthy Start women’s vitamin tablets or Healthy Start children’s drops.

Vitamin vouchers can be collected from Oldham Right Start Children’s Centres

Vitamin vouchers (green) / prepaid card can be used to collect either Healthy Start women’s vitamin tablets or children’s drops at all Oldham Right Start Children’s Centres (except Stockbrook).

Vitamins can also be purchased for those not eligible for Healthy Start.

Children having 500ml or more of formula milk a day do not need Healthy Start vitamins?

Babies having more than 500ml (about a pint) of first infant formula a day, do not need a supplement because formula is already fortified with vitamin D.

After 12 months when infant can be offered cow’s milk Healthy Start vitamins can be given.


Helpful external resources:

Healthy Start Scheme
Get help to buy food and milk (Healthy Start)