Baby Week would not be where it is today without our partners, our sponsors and our amazing babies! They make us feel inspired and the partnership is spreading across the UK!
Helping to make
Baby Week possible
We would like to offer a big thank you to all of our partners who have supported Baby Week and who have diligently worked with us over the last few years.
Baby Week Partners in England
Baby Week began in Leeds in 2016 and with the social media hype and the news spreading. Hull and Bradford hosted their first Baby Week in 2018. Events in other locations across UK also took place and in 2020, Cheshire and Merseyside also got on board.
In 2021, Leeds launched a new website and invite other regions to get in touch to join Baby Week in promoting the best start with their new toolkit and resources to support you running your own Baby Week! We’re excited to have so many partners through libraries, children centres and family hubs, maternity and health services, local authorities, action for children and of course the NHS!
Where is Baby Week?
Many regions have just joined the Baby Week National Partnership? Get in touch to join us for the 2024 celebrations!
Baby Week was born in Leeds in 2016 promoting the best start in life, bringing sectors together and celebrating babies! Working with Child Friendly Leeds, NHS and partners across the city to support the ambition to make it the best place to grow up. Here we were also joined by Princess Catherine in 2023 to focus on our work around early childhood, early intervention and partnership across sectors.
In essence, Baby Week is a celebration of babies and Bradford began their initiative in 2018. The week itself can take a variety forms, shapes and sizes, but for us it’s an opportunity to highlight what’s on offer in Bradford for expectant families and families with babies and toddlers, develop best practice, give families the opportunity to celebrate babies at some seriously fun-packed events.
In 2023, Calderdale will be celebrating its first ever Baby Week, with the theme of ‘play’ showcasing activities and support available for parents and their babies across the borough. It forms part of the Calderdale Family Hub offer and supports the Calderdale Wellbeing Strategy priority for all children to be ready for school.
Cheshire & Merseyside
Began here in 2019, Baby Week brings together cross-sector organisations, families and caregivers to promote the importance of women’s health and giving all our babies the best possible start in life. Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s Health and Maternity (WHAM) works closely with local partners to help raise awareness of important baby health and wellbeing issues throughout the month.
Coventry has joined the Baby Week National Partnership in 2023. They are celebrating services and raising awareness about the importance of early childhood, Baby Week aims to make UK the best place to grow up in. This year, Coventry will be celebrating its first ever Baby Week from the 14-20 November! Check back here as many events and activities will soon be added!
Redcar & Cleveland
In Redcar & Cleveland our local Family Hubs are launching a new best start in life offer for our expectant parents, parents and carers, professionals, and the public to raise awareness of services, advocate for early intervention, promote strategies that improve outcomes during pregnancy and in early years. As part of our new best start in life offer, we are facilitating our first Baby Week Redcar & Cleveland with a theme of Culture and Identity.
On behalf of the Best Start Partnership in Nottinghamshire, we are really excited to be joining in with Baby Week for the first time in 2023. We are looking forward to bringing our local parents, carers, partners and services together to promote giving children the Best Start in Life. Giving children the best start is something we are passionate about in Nottinghamshire because we know that a good start shapes lifelong health, wellbeing and prosperity.
Newcastle has joined the Baby Week National Partnership in 2023. They are celebrating services and raising awareness about the importance of early childhood, Baby Week aims to make UK the best place to grow up in. This year, Coventry will be celebrating its first ever Baby Week from the 14-20 November! More details to follow!
Torbay has joined the Baby Week National Partnership in 2023. They are celebrating services and raising awareness about the importance of early childhood, Baby Week aims to make UK the best place to grow up in. This year, Coventry will be celebrating its first ever Baby Week from the 14-20 November! More details to follow.
Leeds City Council
Public Health | Children & Families Services
Leeds City Council has been heavily involved in setting up Baby Week and sharing best practice. Child Friendly Leeds took the lead to make this an annual event to ensure we improve outcomes for all children and families. From their public health colleagues to their award winning Child Friendly Leeds initiative, it has helped work on priorities and citywide outcomes.
NHS CCG’s, Leeds Teaching Hospitals and Leeds Community Healthcare
The NHS has helped save thousands of lives and with their fantastic services in Leeds, they have been at every step of the Baby Week journey, from funding the first ever Baby Week Leeds, to teaching partners at the conference and of course providing the best start and supporting families.
From the obstetricians to the fantastic midwives, Maternity services have been a big part of Baby Week. In Leeds we have had the homebirth teams, multiples and Haamla services involved to launch fantastic initiatives such as the baby box scheme and Facemums and ultimately enhance care.
Mumbler have been the go-to website for parents / carers and can be found in many cities in the UK. It has information for families about days out, events, offers & discounts, classes and playgroups and things to do. It provides a community in your local area and has supported Baby Week since the very start working in partnership.
Leeds Baby Bank
Leeds Baby Bank support families in and around Leeds with baby essentials to ensure that no child goes without. From nappies and formula, to stairgates, buggies, clothing and toys, they aim to provide all that is needed to support families in caring for children aged 0-5.
Leeds Dads is a voluntary organisation that has been with Baby Week since 2016 and holds a brilliant Dadstastic day! The organisation brings together a diverse community of fathers for social interaction, support and many events. They inspire Dads to take an active parenting role and have fun!
Better Start Bradford
Better Start Bradford helps children in Bowling and Barkerend, Bradford Moor and Little Horton get the best start in life. Better Start Bradford are funded by The National Lottery Community Fund and ran their first ever Baby Week in 2018 and have continued since! Their work and research with Born in Bradford will be shared soon.
Improving Me are the Women’s and Children’s Services Partnership with 27 NHS organisations across Cheshire and Merseyside aiming to improve the experience of women and children and took on Baby Week in 2020..
Leeds Community Foundation
Leeds Community Foundation distributes vital grants and gives trusted advice to voluntary groups and charities across Leeds and Bradford to influence. In 2021, they awarded Baby Week with funding around our work with the third sector and this new website.
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