Childcare and support for families
Free school meals and holiday meals
If you receive a qualifying benefit and you have a child in primary or secondary school, you can get free school meals, school clothing grants or school journey grants for your child.
Your children can get free meals throughout the school holidays at libraries and adventure play centres, regardless of your financial situation.
If you're more than 10 weeks’ pregnant or have a child under four, you can get help to buy healthy food, milk and vitamins.
Families Information Service
You can get information about education, early years, school services, childcare, children with disabilities, benefits and work advice through our family information service.
Support for children with special educational needs
Get support if you have a child with special educational needs and disabilities, providing a range of support and advice for families.
Get financial support for childcare
You could get financial support for childcare costs from the government.
Free early learning
Free early learning places are available in Royal Greenwich for some two-year-olds and all three and four-year-old children.
You could get up to £500 every three months for each of your children to help with childcare costs.
This goes up to £1,000 every three months if a child is disabled.
Young mothers and families
If you are aged between 16 and 21 and have a child or are pregnant, you can get support from us.
Support through children's centres
You can find free or low-cost activities for families with children aged under five at one of our 23 children's centres around the borough.
Family Hubs are a ‘one-stop-shop’ for children and young people aged 0-19 (0-25 with additional needs) and their families and are a new way of bringing together all the support you may need as a family from pregnancy through to young people turning 19 (or 25 if they have a disability).
Whether you are a mother or father, parent-to-be, a grandparent or a carer – whoever you are, you will be welcomed.
Clothing and school trip grants
You might be able to get school clothing grants or school journey grants for your child.