Directory of Services

Below is a list of services that can be accessed by Blackpool Early Years workforce.
Please use the drop down menu for further information and details of how to refer families.

Everyone

There are lots of opportunities to meet new people and gain experience through a range of volunteering schemes.

Call: 01253 301004
Email:  info@volunteeracademy.co.uk
Full service information here

A volunteer group that represents parents, grandparents and families throughout the town.

Call: 01253 476789
Email:  enquiries.communityvoice@gmail.com
Full service information here

Sport Blackpool’s leadership course enables volunteers to gain a Level 1 Award in Sports Volunteering, specialising in early years activities for children aged 0-4 years old.

Call: 01253 476789
Email:  betterstart.cecd@nspcc.co.uk
Full service information here

This budget enables local people to apply for activities they would like to see take place in their community.

Call: 01253 476330
Email: betterstart.cecd@nspcc.co.uk
Full service information here

Dads and Male Role Models

Various volunteer projects aimed at supporting and engaging with dads and male role models, designed to provide social opportunities and activities are tailored for dads to learn new skills and focus on their own and family’s health and well being.

Call: 01253 476789
Email: owen.cecd@nspcc.org.uk
Full service information here

The four-week FRED programme encourages and supports dads, grandads, big brothers and other male role models to regularly read to their children and record their activities in a personal log book.

Call: 01253 476789
Email: owen.cecd@nspcc.org.uk
Full service information here

Dad’s Shed is a community woodwork programme that takes place in Revoe Community Garden. A local joiner runs the weekly session and upskills dads to create furniture and equipment for Children’s Centres and public spaces.

Call: 01253 476789
Email: owen.cecd@nspcc.org.uk
Full service information here

Pregnant Women or Families With Children Under One

A perinatal educational programme designed to support expectant parents to manage the emotional and physical transition into parenthood.

Call: 01253 955709
Email: babysteps.betterstart@blackpool.gov.uk
Full service information here

This project is developed by the Stefanou Foundation. It is an innovative therapeutic programme aimed at protecting babies from the impact of domestic abuse and breaking harmful patterns in relationships.

Call: 01253 476789
Email: betterstart.cecd@nspcc.org.uk
Full service information here

Blackpool is the first town in England to increase the number of home visits that every family receives from their Health Visitor from the statutory five to a minimum of eight.

Call: 01253 951700 

Email: bfwh.childrens.whitegateadmin@nhs.net

Full service information here

A voluntary home-visiting programme for young mums aged 19 and under, and their partners.

Call: 01253 951964
Email: fnp@bfwhospitals.nhs.uk
Full service information here

A programme designed to support pregnant women who have a history of childhood trauma who are at risk of, or are experiencing, PTSD symptoms during pregnancy.

Call: 01253 955709
Email: betterstart.cecd@nspcc.org.uk
Full service information here

Birth registration is now available at Grange Park Children’s Centre Talbot and Brunswick Children’s Centre, offering an alternative to Blackpool Town Hall and Victoria Hospital.

Call: 01253 477177
Email: registrars.bdm@blackpool.gov.uk
Full service information here

A support group providing information and advice on the benefits of baby carrying.

Call: 01253 476789
Email: betterstart.cecd@nspcc.org.uk
Full service information here

A volunteer service aimed at supporting parents to feel confident in their choices about how they feed their baby.

Call: 01253 476789
Email: betterstart.cecd@nspcc.org.uk
Full service information here

Families With Children Under 4

Blackpool Better Start’s Children’s Centres act as a one-stop shop for a variety of services.

Call:01253 476789
Email: betterstart.cecd@nspcc.org.uk
Full service information here

A supportive parenting programme that helps parents with the pressure and stress of looking after a young child whilst managing their drug or alcohol treatment.

Call: 01253 955709
Email: PUP@nspcc.org.uk
Full service information here

Safecare’s approach is to prevent cases of neglect before they escalate into child protection services and more serious harm is caused to young children.

Call: 01253 955709
Email: SafeCareBlackpool@nspcc.org.uk
Full service information here

VIG is a powerful tool in helping to build parents’ self confidence and attunement with their child, enhancing communication within family relationships.

Call: 01253 955709
Email: vig@nspcc.org.uk
Full service information here

‘Being a Parent’ is an 8 week parenting course. The course is led by parents for parents, with free childcare available and helps parents learn practical communication skills for everyday life.

Call: 01253 476789
Email: betterstart.cecd@nspcc.org.uk
Full service information here

Talk With Me is a service offered to families of children aged between 1 and 3 years following a Wellcomm Assessment by the family Health Visitor.

Call: 01253 462123
Email: enquire@communicate-slt.org.uk
Full service information here

Baby Rover provides families with the opportunity to buy affordable children’s clothing.

Call: 01253 461886
Email: hisprovision4blackpool@yahoo.co.uk
Full service information here

Blackpool Football Club Community Trust delivers free weekly physical activity sessions for families with children aged 2-4.

Call: 01253 348691
Email: office@bfcct.co.uk
Full service information here

As part of the Starting Well: A Smile4Life initiative, all Blackpool children under 5 years old are welcome to free NHS dental care.

Call: 0300 1234010
Email:betterstart.cecd@nspcc.org.uk
Full service information here

This programme aims to improve the oral health of children in the community by providing nurseries and childminders with training and the necessary equipment for supervised tooth brushing.

Call: 01253 476789
Email: betterstart.cecd@nspcc.org.uk
Full service information here

Throughout the year, Children’s Centres host a variety of fun literacy-based activities centred around a main theme. Families can join storytelling and craft sessions, as well as getting out in the parks and open spaces.

Call: 01253 476789
Email: betterstart.cecd@nspcc.org.uk
Full service information here

The Early Years Park Rangers work with children and families under four to bring brain science into play through fun, activities and sessions which promote healthier lifestyles and the regular use of local parts and open spaces.

Call: 01253 478358
Email: parks@blackpool.gov.uk
Full service information here

In order to achieve our three key child development outcomes, it is crucial that Blackpool Better Start works alongside the local early year’s workforce. The overall aim of the programme is to: improve children’s diet and nutrition; improve social and emotional development; improve speech, language and communication.

We work with leading Early Child Development academics and specialists to develop the knowledge and skills to design, deliver and evaluate pathways and services that will meet the needs of children and families in Blackpool. This learning is then shared with the local early year’s workforce through training, events and conferences. Together we will bring about systems change.

Upcoming Events

Our latest events will appear here.

Blackpool Better Start 5th Annual Conference

14th November @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Better Start Trauma Informed Care

27th November @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Better Start Brain Certification

12th December @ 9:30 am - 11:00 am

See full list of events here