Best Start, Mental Health & Maternity | Experiences during Covid-19 & More

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Baby Week Leeds is back celebrating 5 years from the 9 – 15th November 2020 - Join us for our annual conference (webinar).

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Baby Week Leeds is back celebrating 5 years of Baby Week from the 9 – 15th November 2020!

Baby Week Leeds is an early years initiative helping to bring and celebrate services from across the sector together for one week and celebrate all things BABIES!

The theme for this year is ‘Stay Safe, Stay Connected’! To mark 5 years, Baby Week will focus on five of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals: good health and well-being, reduced inequality, sustainable cities and communities, climate action and no poverty - we want everyone and everywhere in UK to be BABY FRIENDLY!

Our speakers include Best Beginnings sharing their learning from real experiences during Covid-19; West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership and the community perinatal mental health work, Leeds Children's Centres and engagement with families; hear about the magic of helping babies breathe by Yeovil's Consultant Paediatrician and much more!

Topics include:

  • Mental health & wellbeing
  • Best beginnings COVID-19 survey results
  • Local experiences of maternity services
  • Brain development & Oxford Brain Story
  • Health inequalities
  • Early years & engagement

Full agenda to be added soon.

The conference welcomes professionals from many backgrounds as well as anyone who has an interest in supporting the best start ambition for all children. Last year we had attendees from academic background, public health, children services, early years provision, NHS Leeds, other cities, parents and colleagues from the third sector.

Throughout the week there will be a digital conference aimed at professionals, a webinar for parents with experts to answer all your questions, outdoor activities and socially distant meet-ups and much more! We are also planning to plant a tree for ever baby born in 2020 so if you want to get involved, please do get in contact.


Baby Week, an adaptation from Semana do Bebe in Brazil (UNICEF 2010), is an early years initiative raising the awareness of the critical growth stages of a child’s life both mentally and physically. It launched for the first time in Leeds 2016 and was the first of its kind in the UK. Due to the impact of COVID-19, this year will look a little different, with many more digital resources and online events available.

During the week, citywide services promoted and celebrated include maternity, early years, public health, children and families, NHS as well as organisations from the private and voluntary sector. Last year saw the launch of Facemums – a Facebook group for new mums supported by Leeds Teaching Hospitals. Previously we helped launch a free new app ‘50 things to do before 5’: an interactive app which families can use as a supportive learning resource for their children under five years old available to download on app and play store. Prior to this, we supported partnerships and connections to form between Leeds Teaching Hospitals and children centres with the baby box scheme and have supported the promotion of the best start plan.

The idea originated from Brazil known as Semana Do Bebe (Baby Week Brazil), which is supported by UNICEF and has been successfully growing for 20 years. Working with Child Friendly Leeds, NHS Leeds, and all sectors, Baby Week launched in 2016 and Leeds was the first UK city to replicate a model to celebrate, raise awareness and bring sectors together. Since then we have been sharing best practice across the country and internationally to help promote the best start.

Find out how Bradford and Merseyside and Cheshire are running their Baby Week. If you would like to find out more about running this in your location, please contact us at

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