Healthy Start Vitamins

Free healthy start vitamins for pregnant and breastfeeding women, and children under four years old

Vitamins are essential nutrients that your body needs in small amounts so that it can work properly.

Even though you can get lots of vitamins from a healthy balanced diet, you still might not get everything you need at certain times in your life – such as when you’re pregnant, a new mum or a small child.

It is recommended that during these times you take a supplement containing specific vitamins to make sure you get everything you need.

What are Healthy Start Vitamins?

Healthy Start vitamins are suitable for vegetarians and are free from milk, egg, gluten, soya and peanut residues.

Healthy Start women’s vitamin tablets contain:

  • Folic acid: reduces the chance of your baby having spina bifida, a birth defect where the spine doesn’t form properly
  • Vitamin C: helps maintain healthy tissue in the body
  • Vitamin D: helps your body to absorb calcium and so supports your baby’s bones to develop properly.

Healthy Start children’s vitamins contain:

  • Vitamin A: for growth, vision in dim light and healthy skin
  • Vitamin C: helps maintain healthy tissue in the body
  • Vitamin D: for strong bones and teeth.

In addition to receiving your healthy start vitamins, You may also be eligible for Healthy Start vouchers which can be spent in a wide range of participating local shops and greengrocers as well as supermarkets and can be exchanged for fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables.

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Where can I get them?

You can pick up an application form and get your healthy start vitamins from any of the children’s centres and participating pharmacies listed below, or from your local Healthy Living Pharmacy (HLP).

Children’s Centres

  • Broadwater Children’s Centre Adams Road, N17 6HE
  • Park Lane Children’s Centre 139 Park Lane, N17 0HB
  • Pembury House Children’s Centre Lansdowne Road, N17 9XE
  • Rowland Hill Children’s Centre 315 White Hart Lane, N17 7LT
  • Triangle Children, Young People and Community Centre 91-93 St Ann’s Road, N15 6NU
  • Welbourne Children’s Centre Stainby Road, N15 4EA
  • Woodlands Park Children’s Centre Woodlands Park Road, N15 3SD
  • Woodside Children’s Centre 59 White Hart Lane, N22 5SJ

Health Centres

  • Hornsey Central Health Centre 151 Park Road, N8 8JD
  • The Laurels Healthy Living Centre 256 St Ann's Road, N15 5AZ
  • Stuart Crescent Health Centre 8 Stuart Crescent, N22 5NJ
  • Tynemouth Road Health Centre 24 Tynemouth Road, N15 3RH


  • Allcures Pharmacy 331 West Green Road, N15 3PB
  • BeautyChem Pharmacy11 Gt Cambridge Road, N17 7LH
  • The Cadge Pharmacy 105 Philip Lane, N15 4JR
  • Dobber Pharmacy 48-50 West Green Road, N15 5NR
  • Mintons Chemist 5 High Road, N22 6BH
  • Mansons Chemist 108 High Road, N15 6JR
  • Petter Pharmacy 49-51 The Broadway, N8 8DT
  • Pharmacy Express 214 High Road, N22 8HH
  • Safedale Pharmacy 491-493 Seven Sisters Road, N15 6EP
  • Santas Pharmacy 182 Stroud Green Road, N4 3RN

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Page last updated:

April 5, 2023

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