Child Health

Child Weight Management

When: Mondays

Cost: Free

Location: Salvation Army

Mindfulness for Youth

A free 8 week mindfulness course in the Croydon Area. Starts Tuesday 30th April at 4:00-4:30pm, during term time only.

Mindfulness for Youth Poster

Tel: 07712329468

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



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


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



Do you have concerns about your Child’s Speech and Language?

Best Start Chatterbox Groups are drop-in groups for Croydon families with children under the age of 5 years old who have concerns about their child’s talking or interaction. They are run jointly by Children’s Centre and Speech and Language Therapy Staff across the borough to promote, encourage and support speech, language and communication development.

Download the Chatterbox Flyer April to July 2018.

All about your Children’s Teeth

We are pleased to let you know that the Kings College oral health team will be out in Croydon delivering information and advice sessions for children and parents.

Dates TBC

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.

For more info visit:

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

Vaccination planner

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

Download from: NHS: Vaccination Schedule

Healthy Eagles

Programme for 4-11 year olds.

When: Tuesdays and Saturdays

Cost: Free


Salvation Army
66 High Street
Thornton Heath

Healthier Together

A tool that gives consistent, accurate and trustworthy healthcare advice. The information on this site has been reviewed by experts in child health, your local paediatricians, GPs and clinicians across the region.


Free swimming returns to Croydon for summer 2018!

Young people aged 16 and under can keep cool and get active this summer, when free swimming sessions at Croydon’s five leisure centres return on 21 July.

Complete an application form online through the Better website:, or through the self-service machines at your nearest leisure centre. Customers will then have to collect their card from within the centres. ID may be required should someone appear to be over 16, or under eight.

More information:

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

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.

More information is available on our home safety page.

Click here to request a home safety check.

Childhood Vaccines Timeline

These are the routine vaccinations that are offered free of charge on the NHS to all babies and children in the UK.

Website: NHS: Childhood Vaccinations Schedule

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.


Healthy Start Vouchers

Healthy Start helps you give your family the very best start in life. If you are pregnant or have a child under four years old and you receive benefits or tax credits, you could qualify for Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods. Check to see if you qualify.

You also qualify if you are under 18 and pregnant, even if you don’t get any benefits or tax credits.

With Healthy Start, you get free vouchers every week to spend on milk, plain fresh and frozen fruit and vegetables, and infant formula milk. You can also get free vitamins. The vitamins are available in exchange for vouchers from Best Start children’s centres and health centres.

Best Start Health Visiting Service

The health visiting service is provided and available to all children aged 0-5 years. The service aims to promote the health and wellbeing of your family and can offer practical advice and support on a range of topics.

Find out more about the Best Start Health Visiting Service.

View the Child health clinics timetable.