This summer we awarded £250 to nine separate community organisations in the Better Start Bradford area to encourage parents to register their children for free early education and childcare for 2 year olds.
The funding went to extremely good use and resulted in a wide array of events:
Woodroyd Nursery hosted a sports day event on 24 August for families with children under 3 years old living in the BD5 area. Activities included an egg and spoon race, aiming games to improve hand-eye co-ordination, an obstacle course and free bubbles for every child that attended.
Friends of Bradford Moor Park partnered with local BD3 nurseries to promote the two-year offer by using their bi-lingual skills and sharing leaflets in community languages such as Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi to engage under-represented communities. They also provided fun activities such as outdoor planting and games that were inclusive of families with children with additional needs.
Spinning Tops Nursery in Bradford Moor went for something a little different and provided a learning walk and talk around the nursery to introduce children and parents to the nursery routines whilst showcasing the ample space that they have to accommodate children of varying age groups. There was lots of fun stuff on offer too such as play dough, fruit kebabs, face painting and puppet making. The adults were in their element and the children joined in too!
Bradford Foundation Trust ran an open day for vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers who are new to Bradford and have limited access to services. Many of the families hadn’t yet established a social network and were not aware of the process of how to register their child in nursery. Staff helped them with that whilst offering healthy refreshments and fruit snacks. This was complemented by fun, informal activities using art therapy to promote creative expression in young children to express their feelings and emotions.
Karmand Centre followed the health and wellbeing theme with food and exercise, complemented with a bouncy castle, obstacle course, food sorting station, recipes and food and drinks samples for parent and children to try finishing with a tour of the nursery.
Little Hearts held an open day with activities ranging from play dough and painting, to sand and water play along with other creative activities.
In addition, there were two ‘Let’s Go to Nursery’ events in West Bowling offering messy play, active games, non-cooking fun recipes, story time and a gift book as an incentive.
We’re delighted that so many organisations were able to take advantage of the funding and promote their crucial early years provision in such an engaging way.