Better Start Bradford

Better Start Bradford

We are a community-led partnership programme working with families to help give children the best possible start in life in our part of Bradford: Bowling & Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton.

We’re developing and commissioning a broad range of projects that support, inform and engage families expecting babies or with children under four, and professionals and organisations working with them.

Led by Bradford Trident, we have been funded by the Big Lottery Fund to run for 10 years. Working with local partners, we aim to leave a lasting legacy for children, families and the whole area.

All our work is being evaluated through our Innovation Hub, working in partnership with Born in Bradford. We hope the new way of working we’re developing can be rolled out in other areas too.

Our vision for the future:

Children across our part of Bradford and beyond have the best possible start in life, in terms of their health, wellbeing and life chances, forming the cornerstone of strong, happy communities.

Our mission in life:

To work with families and partners to improve the life chances of children in our part of Bradford, through a comprehensive programme focused on improving health, social and emotional development and communication, and to share lessons from this to promote wider change.

The national programme

We’re part of a network of five ‘A Better Start’ programmes around the UK funded by the Big Lottery Fund, and we’ll be sharing information and lessons between us and more widely across the country.

A Better Start is all about using evidence and community and partner engagement to ensure children under four have the best possible start in life.

It’s based on the idea that the first four years of child’s life (pregnancy to fourth birthday) are especially critical, because a child’s brain develops so quickly in this time. Through good health, social and emotional development, and communication, children’s chances of a healthy, prosperous, happy life are massively improved. This is important for the sake of children and families, and it makes our communities stronger as a whole.

A Better Start is being evaluated by a consortium led by Warwick University, so we can learn long-term lessons about what works in supporting families with young children.

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