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About Better Start Bradford

We work with families to give children the best possible start in life in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton through a range of innovative projects to support them through pregnancy and the earliest years of their children’s lives.

Led by Bradford Trident, we are funded by The National Lottery Community Fund, using National Lottery funding, for 10 years (until 2025). Working with local partners, we aim to leave a lasting legacy for children, families and the whole area.

All our work is evaluated through our Innovation Hub, working in partnership with Born in Bradford.

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:

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.

Meet the team

See who makes up the Better Start Bradford team and how to get in touch with us

Meet The Team

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We're part of a national programme

We’re part of a network of five ‘A Better Start’ programmes around the UK funded by The National Lottery Community Fund:

Small Steps Big Changes (Nottingham)
LEAP (Lambeth)
A Better Start Southend
Blackpool Better Start

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.