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Week 8 - Starting 4 Apr 18

4 Apr

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Take paid time off for antenatal appointments

As a mum-to-be, you have the right to paid time off from work to go to your antenatal appointments.

Find out more: Entitlements from work when pregnant

<p>As a mum-to-be, you have the right to paid time off from work to go to your antenatal appointments.</p><p>Find out more: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/entitlements-from-work-when-pregnant'>Entitlements from work when pregnant</a></p>

Week 10 - Starting 18 Apr 18

18 Apr

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Claim free prescriptions and NHS dental care

Fill out the Maternity Exemption form – available from your doctor or midwife. They’ll send it off for you and you’ll get your Maternity Exemption certificate in the post.

Find out more: Find out more: Free prescriptions and NHS dental care in pregnancy

<p>Fill out the Maternity Exemption form – available from your doctor or midwife. They’ll send it off for you and you’ll get your Maternity Exemption certificate in the post.</p><p>Find out more: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/free-prescriptions-and-nhs-dental-care-in-pregnancy'>Find out more: Free prescriptions and NHS dental care in pregnancy</a></p>

Week 10 - Starting 18 Apr 18

18 Apr

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Find out whether you qualify for Healthy Start vouchers

If you’re pregnant and living on a low income you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods.

Find out more: on the Healthy Start website

<p>If you’re pregnant and living on a low income you could get Healthy Start vouchers to help buy some basic foods. </p><p>Find out more: <a target='_blank' href='http://www.healthystart.nhs.uk/healthy-start-vouchers/do-i-qualify/'>on the Healthy Start website</a></p>

Week 18 - Starting 13 Jun 18

13 Jun

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Take control of your finances

Not only does a new baby nearly always mean a drop in income, it can also mean more outgoings. Don’t leave it until after the birth – make sure you’re prepared.

Find out what steps you should take: Sorting out your money when you’re pregnant

<p>Not only does a new baby nearly always mean a drop in income, it can also mean more outgoings. Don’t leave it until after the birth – make sure you’re prepared.</p><p>Find out what steps you should take: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/sorting-out-your-money-when-youre-pregnant'>Sorting out your money when you’re pregnant</a></p>

Week 19 - Starting 20 Jun 18

20 Jun

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Work out a budget for baby things

How much can you afford to spend on baby things? Before you go shopping, use our Baby costs calculator to work out what your baby will need and how much it will cost.

Then read our Money Saving tips for baby shopping.

<p>How much can you afford to spend on baby things? Before you go shopping, use our <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/tools/baby-costs-calculator'>Baby costs calculator</a> to work out what your baby will need and how much it will cost.</p><p>Then read our <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/cutting-costs-when-you-have-a-baby-top-tips-for-parents'>Money Saving tips for baby shopping.</a></p>

Week 20 - Starting 27 Jun 18

27 Jun

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Check how much maternity pay you’re entitled to

Look at your contract or talk to your boss or human resources department to find out how much maternity pay you're entitled to.

Find out more in our article: Maternity pay and leave

<p>Look at your contract or talk to your boss or human resources department to find out how much maternity pay you're entitled to.</p><p>Find out more in our article: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/maternity-pay-and-leave'>Maternity pay and leave</a></p>

Week 22 - Starting 11 Jul 18

11 Jul

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Arrange your maternity leave

All mums are entitled to up to a year’s maternity leave.

Use our template letter to let your employer know when you’re intending to go on leave.

<p>All mums are entitled to up to a year’s maternity leave. </p><p>Use our <a href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/files/letter-for-maternity-leave-to-an-employer-300523.doc'>template letter</a> to let your employer know when you’re intending to go on leave.</p>

Week 25 - Starting 1 Aug 18

1 Aug

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Dads-to-be – claim your paternity leave

You must tell your employer that you are going on paternity leave at least 15 weeks before your baby's expected due date and think about Shared Parental Leave.

Find out more in our article: Paternity leave and pay

<p>You must tell your employer that you are going on paternity leave at least 15 weeks before your baby's expected due date and think about Shared Parental Leave.</p> <p>Find out more in our article: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/paternity-leave-and-pay'>Paternity leave and pay</a></p>

Week 25 - Starting 1 Aug 18

1 Aug

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Claim Maternity Allowance

If you’re not entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay find out whether you can get Maternity Allowance instead.

Find out more about who qualifies and how to claim: Maternity Allowance

<p>If you’re not entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay find out whether you can get Maternity Allowance instead.</p><p>Find out more about who qualifies and how to claim: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/maternity-allowance'>Maternity Allowance</a></p>

Week 29 - Starting 29 Aug 18

29 Aug

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Find out whether you qualify for a Sure Start Maternity Grant

If you’re on a low income and getting certain benefits, you could get a one-off payment of £500 to help with the cost of your first baby.

Find out more on the Gov.uk website

<p>If you’re on a low income and getting certain benefits, you could get a one-off payment of £500 to help with the cost of your first baby.</p><p><a target='_blank' href='https://www.gov.uk/sure-start-maternity-grant'>Find out more on the Gov.uk website</a></p>

Week 32 - Starting 19 Sep 18

19 Sep

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Check whether you’ll qualify for benefits or tax credits

When the baby is born you might qualify for extra help.

Find out what you’re entitled to in our article: Benefits and entitlements to claim when you have a baby

<p>When the baby is born you might qualify for extra help.</p><p>Find out what you’re entitled to in our article: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/benefits-and-entitlements-to-claim-when-you-have-a-baby'>Benefits and entitlements to claim when you have a baby</a></p>

Week 40 - Starting 14 Nov 18

14 Nov

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Congratulations on the birth of your baby!

Month 1 - Starting 21 Nov 18

21 Nov

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Register the birth of your baby

Make an appointment to register the birth at your local register office. You have to do this within 42 days of the birth (or 21 days in Scotland). You can’t claim Child Benefit until you have a birth certificate.

Find out more about registering a birth on the Gov.uk website

<p>Make an appointment to register the birth at your local register office. You have to do this within 42 days of the birth (or 21 days in Scotland). You can’t claim Child Benefit until you have a birth certificate. </p><p><a target='_blank' href='https://www.gov.uk/register-birth'>Find out more about registering a birth on the Gov.uk website</a></p>

Month 2 - Starting 21 Dec 18

21 Dec

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Claim Child Benefit

Make sure you send in your Child Benefit claim form before your baby is three months old – that’s the maximum your payment can be back dated.

Find out more about how to claim Child Benefit in our article: Claiming Child Benefit

<p>Make sure you send in your Child Benefit claim form before your baby is three months old – that’s the maximum your payment can be back dated.</p><p>Find out more about how to claim Child Benefit in our article: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/claiming-child-benefit'>Claiming Child Benefit</a></p>

Month 3 - Starting 21 Jan 19

21 Jan

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Check you’re getting all your entitlements

Now you have a new baby you might qualify for extra help. Make sure you’re getting all the benefits you’re entitled to.

Find out more in our article: Benefits and entitlements to claim when you have a baby

<p>Now you have a new baby you might qualify for extra help. Make sure you’re getting all the benefits you’re entitled to.</p><p>Find out more in our article: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/benefits-and-entitlements-to-claim-when-you-have-a-baby'>Benefits and entitlements to claim when you have a baby </a></p>

Month 4 - Starting 21 Feb 19

21 Feb

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Sort out your household budget

It takes some time to adjust to your new life as parents. Not least when it comes to the money side of things.

Find out more about: Managing family finances when you’ve had a baby

<p>It takes some time to adjust to your new life as parents. Not least when it comes to the money side of things.</p><p>Find out more about: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/managing-family-finances-when-youve-had-a-baby'>Managing family finances when you’ve had a baby</a></p>

Month 6 - Starting 21 Apr 19

21 Apr

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Returning to work after maternity leave

Your employer needs eight weeks’ notice if you want to change the date you’re going back to work. Check your rights and responsibilities here:

Your rights when you go back to work after maternity leave

<p>Your employer needs eight weeks’ notice if you want to change the date you’re going back to work. Check your rights and responsibilities here: </p><p><a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/know-your-rights-when-you-go-back-to-work-after-having-a-baby'>Your rights when you go back to work after maternity leave</a></p>

Month 6 - Starting 21 Apr 19

21 Apr

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Work out your childcare options

Find out what childcare is available locally, weigh up what’s most suitable for your baby, and work out your childcare costs.

Here’s a good place to start: Understanding your childcare options

<p>Find out what childcare is available locally, weigh up what’s most suitable for your baby, and work out your childcare costs.</p><p>Here’s a good place to start: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/understanding-your-childcare-options'>Understanding your childcare options</a></p>

Month 6 - Starting 21 Apr 19

21 Apr

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See if you’re entitled to help with childcare costs

The cost of childcare can eat up a large chunk of the family budget. Help with childcare costs is available from the government and employers.

Help with childcare costs

<p>The cost of childcare can eat up a large chunk of the family budget. Help with childcare costs is available from the government and employers.</p><p><a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/help-with-childcare-costs'>Help with childcare costs</a></p>

Month 9 - Starting 21 Jul 19

21 Jul

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Make your will

Making a will – or revising your will if you already have one – is the most important thing you can do to make sure your baby is provided for and cared for should anything happen to you.

Find out more: Make a will to protect your family

<p>Making a will – or revising your will if you already have one – is the most important thing you can do to make sure your baby is provided for and cared for should anything happen to you. </p><p>Find out more: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/make-a-will-to-protect-your-family'>Make a will to protect your family</a></p>

Month 10 - Starting 21 Aug 19

21 Aug

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Check whether you need life insurance

How would your family cope financially if something were to happen to you or your partner?

Find out more: Review your insurance after having a baby

<p>How would your family cope financially if something were to happen to you or your partner?</p><p>Find out more: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/review-your-insurance-after-having-a-baby'>Review your insurance after having a baby</a></p>

Month 12 - Starting 21 Oct 19

21 Oct

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Protect your pension while you’re off work

Claiming Child Benefit should protect your entitlement to the State Pension but what else do you need to think about to keep your pension safe?

Find out more in our articles: Protecting your State Pension when you have a baby and Protecting your workplace pension after having a baby

<p>Claiming Child Benefit should protect your entitlement to the State Pension but what else do you need to think about to keep your pension safe?</p><p>Find out more in our articles: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/protecting-your-state-pension-when-you-have-a-baby'>Protecting your State Pension when you have a baby</a> and <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/protecting-your-workplace-pension-after-having-a-baby'>Protecting your workplace pension after having a baby</a></p>

Month 12 - Starting 21 Oct 19

21 Oct

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Open a savings account for your baby

Happy first birthday! Opening a children’s savings account for your baby will teach them important lessons about money, and hopefully give them a helping hand when they’re older. It’s also a good way of keeping safe any birthday and Christmas money they might get.

Find out more: Children's savings options

<p>Happy first birthday! Opening a children’s savings account for your baby will teach them important lessons about money, and hopefully give them a helping hand when they’re older. It’s also a good way of keeping safe any birthday and Christmas money they might get. </p><p>Find out more: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/childrens-savings-options'>Children's savings options</a></p>

Month 12 - Starting 21 Oct 19

21 Oct

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Get help with childcare costs

If you’re struggling with the cost of childcare, take some time to compare alternatives then find out whether you could get any financial help from your employer or the government.

<p>If you’re struggling with the cost of childcare, take some time to <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/childcare-costs'>compare alternatives</a> then find out whether you could get any financial help from your employer or the government.</p>

Month 16 - Starting 21 Feb 20

21 Feb

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Take a debt health check

If you’re beginning to struggle with loans and other debts, check these five warning signs and find out how to stop your debt getting out of control: Quick and easy debt health check

<p>If you’re beginning to struggle with loans and other debts, check these five warning signs and find out how to stop your debt getting out of control: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/quick-and-easy-debt-health-check'>Quick and easy debt health check</a></p>

Month 20 - Starting 21 Jun 20

21 Jun

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Save money on bills and shopping

Don’t spend more than you need to on gas and electricity bills. You could save yourself over £200 a year on utilities by switching supplier: Save money on your gas and electricity bills

Then see how much you could save on groceries and other items: Smarter shopping – tips and tricks to save money

<p>Don’t spend more than you need to on gas and electricity bills. You could save yourself over £200 a year on utilities by switching supplier: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/save-money-on-your-gas-and-bills'>Save money on your gas and electricity bills</a></p><p></p><p>Then see how much you could save on groceries and other items: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/articles/smarter-shopping---tips-and-tricks-to-save-money-when-shopping'>Smarter shopping – tips and tricks to save money</a></p>

Month 24 - Starting 21 Oct 20

21 Oct

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Save for the future – make the most of your ISA allowance

Whatever you’re saving for, putting your savings into an ISA means you pay no tax on your interest.

Here’s everything you need to know: Action plan - Get the most out of your Cash ISA

<p>Whatever you’re saving for, putting your savings into an ISA means you pay no tax on your interest.</p><p>Here’s everything you need to know: <a target='_blank' href='https://www.moneyadviceservice.org.uk/en/action_plans/get-the-most-out-of-your-cash-isa'>Action plan - Get the most out of your Cash ISA</a></p>

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