Child Health

Best Start Services

Best Start is a service from pregnancy until your child turns 5. It is made up of a number of different organisations all working together to give your child the best start in life by offering both targeted and universal support.

Facebook: croydonbeststart

Twitter: @cbeststart


Healthy Start

With Healthy Start, you may be qualify for food vouchers and healthy vitamins if you are on certain benefits. The free vitamins can be collected from Best Start children’s centres and health centres.

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Keeping your Home Safe

If you are living in Croydon Council Housing with a child under 5 you may be eligible for a free home safety check where you may be able to get stair gates/ fire guards to improve the safety of your home.

Click here to request a home safety check.

Parents in Partnership

At PiP we work with parents of children and young people with additional needs and disabilities aged 0-25 in Croydon. The charity was created by local parents of children of additional needs.

Telephone: 0208 663 5626


Change 4 Life

The Change 4 Life app shows how much salt, sugar and saturated fat is in those family favourites. Get simple swaps to help you cut back on the sugar in your kids’ food and drink.

Download from: iTunes: Change 4 Life

Download from: Google Play: Change 4 Life

Family Lives

Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life.


Child Weight Management

When: Mondays

Cost: Free

Location: Salvation Army

Home Start Croydon

Many parents need advice, support and friendship during the early years of parenthood.

Home-Start helps families by providing practical and emotional support in the home where there is at least one child aged 5 or under.

Telephone: 020 8667 0207



Lullaby Trust

The Lullaby Trust raises awareness of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), provides expert advice on safer sleep for babies and offers emotional support for bereaved families.

Telephone: 020 7802 3200



Young Carers Service

If you are aged 7-25, live in Croydon and are caring for someone with a physical disability, mental health issue, long-term illness or learning difficulty, then our service is here to support you.

Telephone: 020 8649 9339



Childhood illness visual guide

Use this visual guide to help you identify common conditions and illnesses that may affect your child. Includes conditions such as measles, slapped cheek syndrome, chicken pox and warts.

Website: NHS: Visual Guide for Childhood illnesses

Childhood Vaccination Timetable

Download a personalised vaccination calendar, which highlights the dates your child needs to have their vaccinations by.

Website: NHS: Vaccination Schedule