PLEASE NOTE: While most of our face-to-face support and activities are on hold during the pandemic, many of our projects continue to provide much-needed support over the phone or online – please visit our dedicated Coronavirus (COVID-19) page for details of what’s on offer and who to contact to sign up.
If you’re expecting a baby or have children aged 0-3 and live in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor or Little Horton, please explore the projects listed below to find the right support for you. Not sure if you’re in our area? Use our postcode checker here…
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
Baby Steps is a group-based programme designed to support expectant parents to be able to manage the emotional and physical transition into parenthood.
Offering practical and emotional support to pregnant mums six weeks before the birth, during labour and six weeks after the birth, through trained volunteers.
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
HAPPY is a free and friendly 6-week antenatal programme for pregnant women between 22 and 32 weeks' pregnant.
Ensuring women see the same midwife, with longer appointments, and enhanced support and information
Structured support for families at risk of poorer maternal and child health development outcomes, delivered by the health visiting service.
A friendly, locally-provided antenatal course for pregnant mums, dads and carers
Breastfeeding support for families with a baby up to 6 months old, who are breastfeeding or mixing bottle and breastfeeding.
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.
Providing emotional support to families where a parent is struggling with their emotional health or wellbeing during pregnancy and the first year after birth.
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.
Provides free books for children aged 0-4 plus regular story and rhyme time sessions
Practical cooking sessions over six weeks helping families gain the skills and knowledge to cook low-cost, healthy food at home.
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.
An eight-week course or one-to-one sessions supporting families with young children to develop healthy lifestyles
Providing support, friendship and practical help to families with children aged under four and during pregnancy.
I CAN Early Talk supports early years' practitioners to improve speech, language and communication (SLC) for children aged 0-3.
Promoting a positive attachment between parents and their toddlers so that they feel loved, safe and secure.
Helping two-year-olds develop their communication and language skills through home visits to encourage play and conversation