Antenatal education a winner for Barnsley

Barnsley education programme winners
Barnsley education programme winners

A programme developed to help new parents and families to adapt to the arrival of a baby has received national recognition for the second time.

Barnsley’s Having a Baby antenatal education programme was held up as a beacon of good practice at an awards evening hosted by Children and Young People Now.

This latest award follows on from the excellent praise it was given for its work earlier in the year by the Centre for Excellence and Outcomes in Children and Young People.

Then the programme was ‘highly commended’ in the Early Years award category. The initiative narrowly missed out to the NSPCC, who were awarded first place as the overall category winner.

The Having a Baby antenal education programme was developed as a multi agency approach in partnership with Barnsley children’s centres and various health professionals to support families to adapt to parenthood and the changes that it inevitably brings.

Delivered by staff from children’s centres, along with midwives, the infant feeding team and health visitors, Having a Baby helps to make significant and lasting improvements to people’s lives, giving Barnsley babies the best possible start in life.

It supports parents by giving practical information and advice about a whole range of subjects and situations that can arise following the arrival of a new-born.

Coun Tim Cheetham, Barnsley Council’s Cabinet Spokesperson for People (Achieving Potential) said: “We are very happy to have received national recognition for a Barnsley project that is having such a big impact on the life chances of babies and young children, especially among disadvantaged communities. “

He continued: “Well done to everyone who is involved in delivering such a valuable programme to new parents and families.”