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Our projects

Our family of projects

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.

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Personalised Midwifery Care Pilot

Ensuring women see the same midwife, with longer appointments, and enhanced support and information

Find out more about the Personalised Midwifery Care Pilot project »

Welcome to the World

A friendly, locally-provided antenatal course for pregnant mums, dads and carers

Find out more about the Welcome to the World project »

Bradford Doulas

Offering practical and emotional support to pregnant mums six weeks before the birth, during labour and six weeks after the birth, through trained volunteers.

Find out more about the Bradford Doulas project »

HAPPY (Healthy and Active Parenting Programme for Early Years)

HAPPY is a free and friendly 12-week antenatal and post-natal programme for pregnant women with a BMI greater than 25.

Find out more about the HAPPY (Healthy and Active Parenting Programme for Early Years) project »

Baby Steps

Baby Steps is a group-based programme designed to support expectant parents to be able to manage the emotional and physical transition into parenthood.

Find out more about the Baby Steps project »

ESOL+ for pregnancy

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

Find out more about the ESOL+ for pregnancy project »

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Baby Buddy app

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

Find out more about the Baby Buddy app project »

Perinatal Support Service

Providing emotional support to families where a parent is struggling with their emotional health or wellbeing during pregnancy and the first year after birth.

Find out more about the Perinatal Support Service project »

Family Nurse Partnership

Home visiting by specially-trained nurses to support teenage first time parents, young mums and their children, with health, wellbeing and self-sufficiency

Find out more about the Family Nurse Partnership project »

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Forest School Play Project

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.

Find out more about the Forest School Play Project project »

Better Place

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.

Find out more about the Better Place project »

Talking Together

Supporting two-year-olds in communication and language development through home visits to encourage play and conversation

Find out more about the Talking Together project »

Parents in the Lead

Parents working together to give local children a better start, by improving what's on offer for families through our activity fund

Find out more about the Parents in the Lead project »

Cooking for a Better Start

Practical cooking sessions over six weeks helping families gain the skills and knowledge to cook low-cost, healthy food at home.

Find out more about the Cooking for a Better Start project »

Home-Start Better Start

Providing support, friendship and practical help to families with children aged under four and during pregnancy.

Find out more about the Home-Start Better Start project »

Better Start Imagine

Better Start Imagine

Providing free books to children under four in our area, to help develop language and literacy skills

Find out more about the Better Start Imagine project »


An eight-week course or one-to-one sessions supporting families with young children to develop healthy lifestyles

Find out more about the HENRY project »

I CAN Early Talk

I CAN Early Talk supports early years' practitioners to improve speech, language and communication (SLC) for children aged 0-3.

Find out more about the I CAN Early Talk project »

Project enquiry form

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.