By the end of 2018, our programme will offer more than 20 projects to families with children under four and expecting babies in the Better Start Bradford area (Little Horton, Bradford Moor, and Bowling and Barkerend). Delivered by a range of partners, and supported and overseen by Better Start Bradford, these projects aim to help families support children’s social and emotional development, language and communication skills, and health and nutrition.
The projects up and running so far are set out below. If you’d like to get involved, or want to refer a family you’re working with, please fill in our simple project enquiry form at the bottom of this page.
Ensuring women see the same midwife, with longer appointments, and enhanced support and information
A friendly, locally-provided antenatal course for pregnant mums, dads and carers
Offering practical and emotional support to pregnant mums six weeks before the birth, during labour and six weeks after the birth, through trained volunteers.
HAPPY is a free and friendly 12-week antenatal and post-natal programme for pregnant women with a BMI greater than 25.
Baby Steps is a group-based programme designed to support expectant parents to be able to manage the emotional and physical transition into parenthood.
Language courses for pregnant women with English needs, to help them engage with their midwife and be more in control of their pregnancy and labour
Free mobile phone app for parents and parents-to-be, with personalised content approved by doctors and midwives, from pregnancy to six months after birth
Providing emotional support to families where a parent is struggling with their emotional health or wellbeing during pregnancy and the first year after birth.
Home visiting by specially-trained nurses to support teenage first time parents, young mums and their children, with health, wellbeing and self-sufficiency
The Forest School Play Project is an exciting, inclusive and adventurous nature-based play programme which seeks to create and embed positive outcomes for young children and their families across the Better Start Bradford area.
Involving local people in developing safer and healthier places for expectant parents and families with children under four to play and walk, and increase access to outdoor spaces.
Supporting two-year-olds in communication and language development through home visits to encourage play and conversation
Parents working together to give local children a better start, by improving what's on offer for families through our activity fund
Practical cooking sessions over six weeks helping families gain the skills and knowledge to cook low-cost, healthy food at home.
Providing support, friendship and practical help to families with children aged under four and during pregnancy.
Providing free books to children under four in our area, to help develop language and literacy skills
An eight-week course or one-to-one sessions supporting families with young children to develop healthy lifestyles
I CAN Early Talk supports early years' practitioners to improve speech, language and communication (SLC) for children aged 0-3.
Use this form if you’re a family in the Better Start Bradford area interested in getting involved in our projects, or a professional in our area interested in referring a family to our projects.
Because our projects are delivered by a range of partners, when you fill in this form the contents will be sent directly to the relevant partner, who will get back in touch with you. A copy also goes to Better Start Bradford for our records.
If you have a general query or comment, please use our queries and comments form.