We work with families to give children the best possible start in life in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton through a range of innovative projects to support them through pregnancy and the earliest years of their children’s lives.
Led by Bradford Trident, we are funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, using National Lottery funding, for 10 years (until 2025). Working with local partners, we aim to leave a lasting legacy for children, families and the whole area.
We’re part of a network of five ‘A Better Start’ programmes around the UK funded by The National Lottery Community Fund:
– Small Steps Big Changes (Nottingham)
– LEAP (Lambeth)
– A Better Start Southend
– Blackpool Better Start
A Better Start is all about using evidence and community and partner engagement to ensure children under four have the best possible start in life.
It’s based on the idea that the first four years of child’s life (pregnancy to fourth birthday) are especially critical, because a child’s brain develops so quickly in this time. Through good health, social and emotional development, and communication, children’s chances of a healthy, prosperous, happy life are massively improved. This is important for the sake of children and families, and it makes our communities stronger as a whole.
A Better Start is being evaluated by a consortium led by Warwick University, so we can learn long-term lessons about what works in supporting families with young children.