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Information for NHS staff

The NHS is committed to providing affordable, accessible and quality childcare services to all our staff.

The Family Support Team supports all current and future staff of Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Basildon & Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

For information about childcare in the NHS please visit the NHS employers website

For more information please contact Amanda Wilkinson, HR Welfare Support Officer.

Sure Start Grant

Up to £500 for parents on low incomes

The Sure Start maternity grant has replaced the maternity payment.  The grant is made from the social fund and therefore you will not have to pay the money back. 

You can claim a Sure Start maternity grant at any time after your 29th week of pregnancy and until your child is 3 months old. If you are adopting a baby, you must claim the grant within 3 months of adoption and your child should be no more than 12 months old when you claim.

You can claim the grant by completing a SF100 form which you will be able to get from your local Social Security Office. 

Click here to find out if you are you eligible to claim the Sure Start Grant