Better Start Bradford, a community partnership led by Bradford Trident, was awarded £49 million from the Big Lottery Fund to help parents give their children the best start in life. Check out our video to see why parents and children say this investment was needed.

Over ten years, a range of projects will engage about 20,000 children and their families, to improve social and emotional well-being, communication and language skills, and diet and nutrition. About 1,430 babies are born each year in the Better Start Bradford area: Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton wards.

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The Better Start Bradford programme will work with families from pregnancy to children’s fourth birthday. It will engage partners and parents in developing and delivering projects to provide additional antenatal support, early years and peer support. Projects aim to support social and emotional development, enhance language and communication skills, and support new mums in breastfeeding and in learning about baby and toddler nutrition. Community initiatives will work to improve the local environment for children and families in the Better Start Bradford area.

A proposed 22 projects will include expanding the Family Nurse Partnership (a health visiting programme for first-time parents aged under 20) a home-based language development programme, storytelling groups, outdoor play and exercise activities, nutrition programmes, peer support and language development activities. Midwives’ caseloads will be reduced to enable them to provide more personalised care and home visits, and a befriender scheme will be introduced for expectant and new mothers affected by or at risk of postnatal depression. New parents will be introduced to local children’s centres and projects will work with parents to increase understanding of infant brain development.



Want to know more about Better Start Bradford?

Find out more, see our latest news and videos at – we are currently developing this into a more comprehensive site. You can also like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to keep in touch with us.

Alternatively, contact the Better Start Bradford team on 01274 723146 or

You can also find out about the national programme Fulfilling Lives: A Better Start Programme.

Want to know if you are in the area Better Start Bradford is focused on, and which Children’s Centre area you live in? Have a look at this postcode checker.

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