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Families: get involved

All parents want to do the best for their children, but sometimes they don’t get the support and information they need, when they need it. By working and learning together, families can be empowered to create positive change, so we give all our children the best possible start in life.

All children are important, but their first four years (pregnancy to fourth birthday) are really critical, because their brain develops so quickly in this time. By ensuring good social and emotional development, health and nutrition, and communication, we can give children the best chances of a prosperous, healthy, happy life.

Events and courses for you

Story and Rhyme Time

Community Event

17/09/2019
9.30-10.30am

Laisterdyke Library, Manse Street, Laisterdyke, Bradford, BD3 8RP

  • Families with under-fours
  • Families with toddlers
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Starting Solids Workshop - with HENRY

Community Event

18/09/2019
1.30-3.00pm

Avicenna Barkerend Health Centre, Bluebell Building, Barkerend Road, Bradford, BD3 8QH

  • Families with babies
  • Mums
  • Dads
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Women-only walking group in BD5

Community Event

18/09/2019
12.45-2.00pm

Woodroyd Centre, BD5 8EL (Meet in downstairs cafe)

  • Families with under-fours
  • Mums
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Story and Rhyme Time

Community Event

19/09/2019
1.00-2.00pm

St Stephen's Church, 48 Newton Street, Bradford, BD5 7BH

  • Families with under-fours
  • Families with toddlers
Find out more

Activity ideas, tips and advice

Our activity ideas, tips and advice are especially for pregnant parents and families with children under four. They help parents and children come together, have fun, bond, and learn about social and emotional development, health and nutrition, and communication and language development.

See our family ideas and activities

Keep in touch

You can sign up to our text alerts by texting ‘sign me up’ and your postcode to 07494 558337. You can also:

Meet our community board members

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Vipin Joshi

BD5

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Shaheen Khan

BD3 & BD4

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Gwen Balson

BD3

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Gemma Priestley

BD4

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Ludmila Novosjolova

BD5

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Satnam Singh

BD5

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Amanda Braithwaite

BD5

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Yaqoob Ayoob

BD5

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Zuhair Bashir

BD4

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Samina Begum

BD5

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Salma Nawaz

BD4

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Shaista heard about Better Start Bradford through activities at her local children’s centre. She’s now signing up for Welcome to the World courses.

Shaista says: “After chatting to other mums and hearing their stories, I thought “It’s not only me!” - it was such a relief to hear others’ experiences and challenges, and for someone to listen to me. We could talk about everything and everyone was so supportive.”

Families in our area describe their hopes:

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