Help for families

Families are really feeling the financial pressure at the moment, but there are initiatives in place to help support parents to support their children.

Easter half term

You don't need to break the bank to put food on the table for your kids this Easter half term.

There are many local free and low cost options from supermarkets and restaurants offering tasty and nutritious meals, including:

  • ASDA: kids eat for £1. No minimum adult spend required. 
  • Morrisons: kids eat for free with an adult meal purchased. 
  • Hungry Horse: Kids eat for £1 on Mondays. Up to two free kids breakfasts are also available during half term with one full paying adult breakfast.
  • YO! Sushi: Kids eat free with a full paying adult (minimum spend £10).

Other restaurants also are offering half term deals - go online to find out more.

Terms and conditions may apply.


Free fruit at M&S Woking

Henry Plaza, Victoria Place, Woking, GU21 6GH

Kids can enjoy free fruit in-store. Fruit stands are displayed in M&S Food Halls offering children a free banana or citrus fruit as part of the Eat Well partnership with the National Football Teams. Offer runs until 1 April 2023.

Help buying milk, fruit and vegetables

Healthy Start is a scheme that helps parents with children up to the age of four buy milk, fruit and vegetables. 

If you’re eligible, you’ll be sent a Healthy Start card with money on it that you can use in some UK shops. If you use your voucher in Sainsburys, you will get an extra £2 per week to spend (other supermarkets available).

Find out more about the Healthy Start scheme

Tax-free childcare

You can get up to £500 every 3 months (up to £2,000 a year) for each of your children to help with the costs of childcare. This goes up to £1,000 every 3 months if a child is disabled (up to £4,000 a year).

Find out more about tax-free childcare

Free school meals

If you receive certain benefits, your child or children may be eligible for free school meals and pupil premium funding.

Find out more about free school meals

Free pregnancy and baby stuff samples

The Emma’s Diary website can provide you with relevant freebies to fit in with your stage of pregnancy and for your newborn.

Visit the Emma's Diary website to find out more