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Our projects

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the vast majority of our face-to-face support and activities are cancelled until further notice. Please visit this dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) page to see our full statement and contact details for all projects during this time.

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

These projects focus on children’s social and emotional development, language and communication skills, and health and nutrition, and are delivered by a range of partner organisations.

Find out about each project below and if you’d like to get involved, or want to refer a family you’re working with, please contact us at: [email protected]

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Baby Buddy App

Free mobile phone app for parents and parents-to-be, with personalised content approved by doctors and midwives, from pregnancy to six months after birth

Find out more about the Baby Buddy App project »

Baby Steps

Baby Steps is a group-based programme designed to support expectant parents to be able to manage the emotional and physical transition into parenthood.

Find out more about the Baby Steps project »

Bradford Doulas

Offering practical and emotional support to pregnant mums six weeks before the birth, during labour and six weeks after the birth, through trained volunteers.

Find out more about the Bradford Doulas project »

ESOL for Pregnancy

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

Find out more about the ESOL for Pregnancy project »

HAPPY - Online Antenatal Course

HAPPY is a free and friendly 12-week antenatal and post-natal programme for pregnant women with a BMI greater than 25.

Find out more about the HAPPY - Online Antenatal Course project »

Personalised Midwifery Care Project

Ensuring women see the same midwife, with longer appointments, and enhanced support and information

Find out more about the Personalised Midwifery Care Project project »

Welcome to the World

A friendly, locally-provided antenatal course for pregnant mums, dads and carers

Find out more about the Welcome to the World project »

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Breastfeeding Support Project

Breastfeeding support for families with a baby up to 6 months old, who are breastfeeding or mixing bottle and breastfeeding.

Find out more about the Breastfeeding Support Project project »

Little Minds Matter

Little Minds Matter helps strengthen the relationship between babies and parents by delivering messages about infant mental health through training, support and guidance to workers and directly supporting families that need more help.

Find out more about the Little Minds Matter project »

Perinatal Support Service

Providing emotional support to families where a parent is struggling with their emotional health or wellbeing during pregnancy and the first year after birth.

Find out more about the Perinatal Support Service project »

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Better Place

Involving local people in developing safer and healthier places for expectant parents and families with children under four to play and walk, and increase access to outdoor spaces.

Find out more about the Better Place project »

Better Start Imagine

Providing free books to children under four in our area, to help develop language and literacy skills

Find out more about the Better Start Imagine project »

Cooking for a Better Start

Practical cooking sessions over six weeks helping families gain the skills and knowledge to cook low-cost, healthy food at home.

Find out more about the Cooking for a Better Start project »

Forest School Play Project

The Forest School Play Project is an exciting, inclusive and adventurous nature-based play programme which seeks to create and embed positive outcomes for young children and their families across the Better Start Bradford area.

Find out more about the Forest School Play Project project »


An eight-week course or one-to-one sessions supporting families with young children to develop healthy lifestyles

Find out more about the HENRY project »

Home-Start Better Start

Providing support, friendship and practical help to families with children aged under four and during pregnancy.

Find out more about the Home-Start Better Start project »

I CAN Early Talk

I CAN Early Talk supports early years' practitioners to improve speech, language and communication (SLC) for children aged 0-3.

Find out more about the I CAN Early Talk project »

Incredible Years

Promoting a positive attachment between parents and their toddlers so that they feel loved, safe and secure.

Find out more about the Incredible Years project »

Pre-Schoolers in the Playground (PiP)

Pre-Schoolers in the Playground (PiP) is a 10-week project which provides opportunities for parents and children to get active in a safe outdoor environment while building parents’ skills and confidence in active play.

Find out more about the Pre-Schoolers in the Playground (PiP) project »

Talking Together

Supporting two-year-olds in communication and language development through home visits to encourage play and conversation

Find out more about the Talking Together project »

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