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About us

Find out who we are, why we exist and why we're so passionate about the early years

Why we exist

We know the earliest years are critical to a child's future and want children across the Better Start Bradford area and beyond to have the best possible start in life, in terms of their health, wellbeing and life chances.

We're finding out what works so we can share it to promote wider change. To do this we've set up over 15 individual projects - plus other complementary strands of work - focusing on health, social and emotional development and communication, and we are evaluating their impact.

A Better Start

Better Start Bradford is one of five ‘A Better Start’ programmes in England set up and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund. Our sister sites are:

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

Together we're making support and services for families stronger, so that children can have the best start in life.

Read more about A Better Start

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The Better Start Bradford area

We are proud to work in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton, AKA 'the Better Start Bradford area'

Our aims

We focus specifically on improving children's diet and nutrition, social and emotional development, and speech and language.

Our expertise

We are so much more than the sum of our parts...

Find my local Neighbourhood Engagement Worker

Meet our Family and Community Engagement (FACE) Team and Neighbourhood Workers - the face and voice of Better Start Bradford in the community.

Our projects

We have over 15 amazing projects for expectant families and families with children aged 0-3 in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton. Find the right one for you or a family you're working with.


Find out who makes up our Partnership Board and why our governance structure is a little bit different


Better Start Bradford is an evidence-led programme, developed according to research into what works in supporting expectant families and families with children aged 0-3. Find out how it is being evaluated.

National evaluation and learning

Research and evidence from A Better Start about the early years and the programme's contribution to improved child outcomes is regularly published.


Come and join our amazing team, dedicated to giving children the best start in life.


Why do we only work in three wards? What projects and services do we provide? How can you volunteer with us? Find out the answers to these and many more questions...

Check to see if you can access our services in your area

We provide services for expectant families and families with children aged 0-3 in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton.

To check if you – or a family you’re working with – are in our area, and what support services are available, please enter the postcode below:

Postcode, e.g. BD3 9TE

If you are part of the workforce and don’t have a postcode to check, please view all our projects.

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Latest news

Find out what's new at Better Start Bradford and read real-life, heartfelt, stories from families and volunteers who have benefited from our work.