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Wheelbarrow making, swimming with dads, fairy gardens, circus skills, traditional english folk songs, and toddler zumba are just a few of the activities that will be taking place for under fours in the Better Start Bradford area thanks to Parents in the Lead funding.

Better Start Bradford’s Parents in the Lead Activity Fund has today awarded eight more awards totaling over £10,000 to community groups in the Bradford area of Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton.

Parents at a local nursery will use its funding of just over £1,000 to pay for a leading expert in Kodaly Methodology (a way to develop music skills in very young children using folk songs). The musical sessions will use traditional English folk songs to increase self-confidence, social interaction and forge strong bonds between mothers and their babies.

Rubi Khanom, Chair of Feversham Primary Academy’s Parents and Teacher’s Association, said: “We are very delighted to have been awarded the Parents in the Lead funding for our project. We hope our musical bonding sessions will show mums how music can have a positive influence on the well-being of children. We are hoping music will enrich the lives of our children. Thank you Better Start Bradford!”

Local dads have also got together to be successfully awarded £2,000 for their Dads and Kids Stay and Play sessions. Working with 20-30 dads, the sessions will introduce the dads to a variety of educational opportunities on parenting. The project will help build strong bonds between dads or male carers and their children.

Gill Thornton, Better Start Bradford Project Manager, said: “Congratulations to the eight funded projects. We are delighted to see that parents are coming up with such a wide range of activities to ensure that their children are getting the best start in life.”

Better Start Bradford, which is made possible by the Big Lottery Fund using National Lottery funding, launched Parents in the Lead Activity Fund earlier this year. The activity fund is designed to help parents run activities for families expecting babies or with children under four in in the Bradford area of Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton.

Projects must be parent or grandparent-led and the project must benefit children under four and their parents and contribute towards social and emotional development; develop communication and language; improve nutrition and health.

The next deadline for applications for funding from Parents in the Lead is Thursday 31 August 2017.

For a full list of awarded projects see table below.

Parents in the Lead Awards June 2017

Group Project Award Description
St Stephen’s Primary School Getting Active £1812.80 A range of weekly activities to encourage parents to get active with their children. Sessions will include: Toddler Zumba, swimming and horse riding.
Feversham Primary Academy Nursery Music Bonding and child development £1066.64 Musical bonding sessions for mothers and their babies using the Kodaly Methodology. This method uses traditional folk songs and fosters musicality, self-confidence and social interaction.
St Stephen’s Primary School Families and Schools Together (FAST) £1429.00 FAST project will kick start toddlers’ education by offering a range of monthly family learning activities to complement the school curriculum including puppet making, planting a fairy garden and sensory play.
Killinghall Parents and Friend Association Under Fours Play Outdoors £699.50 The creation of a safe and enabling outdoor environment for the toddler group. The toddlers will plant, grow and learn about the food chain.
NESSIE Better Engaged Shared Treasure (BEST) £1590.00 Working with single mums in a diverse area of Bradford, the project will encourage mums to develop activities for children to increase their confidence and improve parenting skills. Activities will centre around language and communication, health and well-being and social and emotional development.
Gambian Ladies £560.00 A six-week programme for mums and children with limited English who find it hard to get involved in local services. Activities will include a library tour, a nature session and a farm visit.
BD5 Dads and Kids Dads and kids stay and play sessions £2000.00 Working with 20-30 dads, the stay and play sessions will introduce the dad to a variety of educational opportunities on parenting. The project will help build strong bonds between dads/male carers and their children.
Mortimer House Dads Swim and Play sessions £1200.00* With the help of a personal instructor, dads and their young children will be able to combine swimming lessons and playful bonding at Delius School over a period of 10 weeks.

*There may be a variation on this figure due to supplier costs