Better Start Bradford is a full and equal partnership programme working with families to help give children the best possible start in life in our part of Bradford: Bowling & Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton.
We’re developing and commissioning a broad range of projects that support, inform and engage families expecting babies or with children under four, and professionals and organisations working with them.
All our work is being evaluated through our Innovation Hub, working in partnership with Born in Bradford. We hope the new way of working we’re developing can be rolled out in other areas too.
We’re part of a network of five ‘A Better Start’ programmes around the UK funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and we’ll be sharing information and lessons between us and more widely across the country.
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.