Cost of Living Support

Support for children and families

Spring activities for children and families 

For ideas to get outside, get more active, and have lots of fun together.

Achieving for Children Activities for all ages 

You can search for lots more activities for children all year round from pre-school to teens (including happy toes ballet and pre-school gymnastics, Karate training and free music sessions). Just go to the Achieving for Children website search section.

FUEL Activities with Food programme

FUEL is a programme to provide for young people who receive benefit related free school meals with free places at holiday clubs during the Easter, summer and Christmas holidays  Young people can attend 4 sessions over Easter, 16 sessions over the summer and 4 sessions over winter.

To find out what is available and how to book go to the Achieving For Children FUEL in Kingston web page

To book a place you will need your child's unique 17 digit FUEL booking code. If you have not received your child's code, please contact your child's school or email us at If you are booking a place for more than one child, each child should have their own FUEL booking code.

The Family Maths ToolKit 

Banish all fears of numbers and join in the fun with over 200 free activities for the whole family to improve numeracy skills. You don’t need any special maths knowledge or equipment to enjoy the Family Maths activities. Children can draw pictures, write calculations, take photos or create diagrams in their answers. Creativity is encouraged! 

Get up to date with children’s immunisations 

Childhood infections like measles and whooping cough are rising and if your child isn’t vaccinated, they’re not protected. 

The Easter holiday is the perfect time to catch up and prepare for any summer holiday trips the same time. So if you are not sure about your child’s status, you should check their red book or speak to your GP to see if they are missing any. ​
You can check out what is required at what ages on the nhs website at 

All the childhood vaccinations are free

NEWS : Claims for Child Benefit are now online

You can now claim Child Benefit 48 hours after you’ve registered the birth of your child, or once a child comes to live with you and it can be backdated for up to 3 months.

Find out more on the Government website

School age children

Free School Meals 

Primary school children in state-funded schools across London are receiving free school meals for the 2023-24 school year (September 2023 to July 2024), funded by The Mayor of London as an emergency cost of living measure. This has now been extended for the 2024-25 school year.  You can find out more on the Mayor of London’s website.

These children will receive their free school meal under the Mayor’s scheme automatically, but it is really important that parents and guardians continue to complete their school or borough’s registration form because a child may be eligible for extra funding for their school from the government, which is worth £1,300 per year.

All children from 3 to 16 years - You can apply for free school meals at any time. Check the details of eligibility and how to apply on the Kingston Council website.

Cycling to School - Bicycle health-checks and security marking

Whether your child already cycles to school or is set to venture out on their bike for the first time, we regularly offer free Dr Bike sessions across the borough.They’ll help make sure your bikes are in good condition and safe to ride. 

We also work with the local Police to provide security marking for bikes, making them 80% less likely to be stolen. 

For upcoming dates on both - check our website regularly.

Public Transport

11-15 ZIP Oyster Card
To find out how to get your 11-15 ZIP Oyster Card go to the TfL website.

School Uniform Swapping / Book Exchanges

Be smart - ask your school if they have a scheme for sharing and upcycling school uniforms or text book swaps. Most schools have a pre-loved uniform scheme, so check your school newsletter for any details. 

Protect your children - get the right immunisations/boosters

Whether your children are in nursery, school or going to college or university, make sure they are protected. There is an easy guide to what they need and when - go to NHS Vaccines and when to have them page to find out and then contact your GP.

Infants and pre-school 

NHS Healthy Start Card for under 4 years (and pregnant mothers)

A Healthy Start Card will help with buying healthy food and milk. You may be eligible if you have a child under 4 years and/or are more than 10 weeks pregnant and are in receipt of certain benefits (see below). 
Around one third of residents in Kingston who are eligible are not claiming this benefit every month - that means hundreds of thousands of ££s not claimed this year alone. 
What you could get:

  • £4.25 each week for pregnancy from 10th week
  • £8.50 each week for a baby from birth to 1 year old
  • £4.25 each week for a child from 1 to 4 years old

The Healthy Start Card is credited with your entitlement and topped up automatically every 4 weeks, so a family with one child under 1 year and two children under 4 could get £68 a month credited to their Healthy Start card. 


You must be receiving any of the following:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Income support
  • Income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
  • Pension credit
  • Universal credit.

For more information visit

Free Childcare from 15 to 30 hours a week for 3 and 4 years old

There is a universal entitlement of 15 hours for all children of 3 and 4 years old, but this can be extended to 30 hours a week for working families who are eligible. 

To check your eligibility and apply on the government website, go to

Children's Centres support in the borough

There are many activities for parents and younger children, including midwife support, at our 4 children’s centres.

Children’s Centres Spring Term Programme 2 January to 9 February

Is now available online

You can also contact them by phone:

  • Kingston Town Children’s Centre  020 8481 0640 
  • Chessington Children’s Centre     020 8397 2006 option 5.
  • Old Malden Children’s Centre       020 8241 0837 
  • Tolworth Children’s Centre            020 8339 9848 

For more information, contact: Sophie Hodges (07849 305143) or Siobhan Meacher (07784 006661), Lead Outreach Workers

Other resources for Children and Baby Clothes/Food/Equipment

Growbaby - is a Surbiton organisation that provides good quality, new and second-hand, baby clothes and equipment (up to 5 years), completely free of charge, to anyone who needs it, regardless of their income, background, or faith.  
Growbaby accepts baby clothes and equipment from anyone who chooses to donate; we simply ask that donors ensure that they are in good, clean condition. Find out more on the Grow Baby website. 

The Family Fund - Helps families with disabled children - if a child or young person has additional clothing needs, for example, if they go through clothes quickly, or their clothing is frequently damaged. Find out more on the Family Fund website.

Connected Kingston also has lots of information about support and things to do for families, children and young people.


Last Modified: 15/04/2024 22:48:39