Information for new families
Being a parent is the most important job there is. That's why it's so important for you to be equipped for what's ahead. This checklist aims to provide you with support and advice when bringing up your family. Each link will open in a new tab so the list remains open for you.
1 Tell us about your new baby SHOW
You must register the birth of your baby with us within 42 days of birth. You will also need to tell us about your new baby if you claim Housing Benefit and/or Council Tax Reduction, or are currently on the housing register.
2 Health and well-being for you and your baby SHOW
What happens in pregnancy and early childhood plays a big role in how your baby grows up. Below is some advice and support to ensure your baby has the best start in life.
- Use Southampton’s Health Visiting Service
- Join a Sure Start Children's Centre
- Our Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND) Local Offer
- Claim Healthy Start vouchers if you receive benefits
- Mental health services for mums
- Using reusable nappies
If you or your child have a health issue that is urgent, but not life-threatening, and you need advice then call 111.
3 Claiming the right benefits SHOW
Expecting a baby is exciting, but it can also be an expensive time. The benefits system is complex and often changes, which means many people are not claiming money that they’re entitled to. Make sure you are not missing out on benefits that could help with raising your family.
4 Childcare advice and support SHOW
Choosing childcare can seem like a daunting task and many parents won't know where to start. Below is some information in supporting you to find the right childcare for your baby.
5 Fostering and adoption SHOW
If you’re interested in fostering or adoption and you live in Southampton or the surrounding Hampshire area, you can find information and advice on the pages below.
6 Getting the most out of Southampton SHOW
There’s so much happening in Southampton all year round that we’re confident you’ll find plenty to keep your little one entertained and engaged.
7 Keep up to date SHOW
Stay up to date with all the latest council news and information. We’re always keen to hear how you’re getting on in Southampton. If you have any questions, enquiries or problems that can’t be answered by the pages above, there are plenty of ways to have your say and get in touch with us online.