A Better Start Learning and Development Programme

To support the ongoing delivery of A Better Start, Big Lottery Fund are delivering a Learning and Development Programme.  This programme of support is being delivered alongside the Warwick Consortium evaluation and learning workstream.  The ABS Support Programme comprises three main types of activity:

1) Communities of Practice;

2) Cross Site Development Projects; and,

3) Learning and Development Events.

Communities of Practice

Five communities of practice have been established with each of the ABS sites 'hosting' a community.  The groups will be facilitated by Dr Alice Haynes and Heather Ransom, Learning and Development Advisors for A Better Start:

  1. Data, research  and evidence
  2. Services
  3. Workforce
  4. Community
  5. Communications and knowledge

Materials and outputs from these activities will be available here as and when they are generated.

Cross-Site Development Projects

A number of specific development projects have also been identified and external expertise commissioned to work across the five sites:

  • LSE have been commissioned to support the development of a Shared Outcomes Framework capturing common indicators and outcomes across the ABS sites.

Learning and Development Events

The Learning and Development Events bring together relevant team members from across the five partnerships to explore topics of common interest, providing an opportunity for sharing ideas and learning between partnerships.   The events also involve input from external experts or innovators in a particular field. Three events were held in 2016 with more planned for 2017.

The first event, co-hosted by the Lambeth Early Action Partnership (LEAP), was held on the 1st - 2nd March 2016 with a Focus on Diet and Nutrition.

The second event co-hosted by Better Start Bradford was held on 14th and 15th June 2016 with a Focus on Language and Communication.

The third event co-hosted by Small Steps, Big Changes was held on 29th and 30th September 2016 with a Focus on Social and Emotional Development.

The fourth event co-hosted by Blackpool Better Start was held on 1st and 2nd April 2017 with a Focus on Communities.