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Families: get involved

All parents want to do the best for their children, but sometimes they don’t get the support and information they need, when they need it. By working and learning together, families can be empowered to create positive change, so we give all our children the best possible start in life.

All children are important, but their first four years (pregnancy to fourth birthday) are really critical, because their brain develops so quickly in this time. By ensuring good social and emotional development, health and nutrition, and communication, we can give children the best chances of a prosperous, healthy, happy life.

Our projects

We run over 20 projects for pregnant women and families with children under four, including reading, play, healthy cooking and eating, support in the home, English language skills and much more.

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Events and courses for you

Welcome to the World -Free Antenatal Course

Barkerend Family Hub, 365 Barkerend Road, Bradford, BD3 8QX

  • Families with children aged 0-3
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ESOL for Pregnancy (English Language Skills)

Free classes for pregnant women with English language needs, to help them engage with their midwife and be more in control of their pregnancy and labour

Womenzone, 19-21 Hubert Street, Bradford, BD3 9TE

  • Pregnant women/expectant parents
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Owlets Group

A free parent and child group to help your children learn language through play. For families with children aged from 18 months to 3 years.

Bradford East Family Hub, Barkerend Road, BD3 8QX

  • Families with children aged 0-3
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Story and Rhyme Time - Laisterdyke Library

Rhyme some rhymes, sing some songs, listen to a story, and get hands-one with a craft activity! Free weekly session for families with children under four.

Laisterdyke Library, Manse Street, Laisterdyke, Bradford, BD3 8RP

  • Families with children aged 0-3
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Keep in touch

You can sign up to our text alerts by texting ‘sign me up’ and your postcode to 07494 558337. You can also:

Shaista heard about Better Start Bradford through activities at her local children’s centre. She’s now signing up for Welcome to the World courses.

Shaista says: “After chatting to other mums and hearing their stories, I thought “It’s not only me!” - it was such a relief to hear others’ experiences and challenges, and for someone to listen to me. We could talk about everything and everyone was so supportive.”

Families in our area describe their hopes:

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