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Learning & resources

Learning & resources on early child development

Better Start Bradford promotes learning on early child development. Our Learning Together scheme includes events, training and forums to share evidence, information and inspiration. These opportunities are open to all those working with families with under-4s or expecting babies, community leaders and families wanting to learn more. You’ll find below info on these opportunities, plus resources, research and ideas.

Events and courses for you

Better Start Imagine - Rhyme Time for Babies

Community Event


Woodroyd Children's Centre, BD5 8EL

  • Families with babies
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HENRY - Core Training for Practitioners


9.00-4.30pm (Two Days)

Central Bradford

  • Community workers
  • Family workers
  • Anyone working with families
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Better Start Imagine - Rhyme Time

Community Event


Laisterdyke Library

  • Families with babies
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An Audience with the Midwife (Men only)

Community Event

6.00 - 8.30pm

St Stephen's Church Hall, BD5 7BH

  • Expectant parents
  • Dads
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Spreading the Better Start Bradford word

Do you work with pregnant parents or families with children under four? Play your part in building the Better Start Bradford family and spreading the word about early child development. Use our resources to find out about how we can work together, our projects, and to discuss with families how they can get involved:

Our family of projects

Our projects include learning opportunities and resources for families expecting babies and with children under four in our part of Bradford – including courses, one-to-one sessions, and a mobile app. Find out how you can get involved or refer a family.

Find out more about our projects

Research and evidence

We aim to base everything we do on evidence of what works, so we're being as effective as possible. This page sums up research and information we've used to design our programme, and evaluation of our work:

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Language and communication

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Health and nutrition

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Social and emotional development

Born in Bradford - Better Start
Better Start - Warwick

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 family ideas and activities

Keep in touch

“It’s so important that local professionals, volunteers and families can learn together about giving children the best possible start in life, and addressing key issues like healthy living. I’m pleased to be working with Better Start Bradford to promote understanding on smoking cessation.”

Carolyn Sadler, stop smoking specialist pregnancy lead, Bradford Council, one of our wonderful volunteers