Baby Week is taken from the Brazilian Semana do Bebe which is a week of baby and child friendly activities conference and workshops including families and professionals. Supporter, UNICEF's message is of 'A commitment to child survival - A renewed promise'. In Leeds ' To maximise potential of every child and to thrive'.
Baby Week Leeds will be an adaptation of Semana do Bebe bringing together a wide range of service to support families in our city, provided by voluntary sector organisations and statutory services, It will also provide a platform for the recent Best Start plan, a new policy being implemented throughout Leeds. Since October last year there has been a steering group with representatives from Leeds Beckett University, Child Friendly Leeds, Children Centre Services, Health Visitors, Social Workers, and Home -Start making this the first English speaking country to replicate Semana do Bebe.
The week will actively engage children and families in their own communities reflecting the diverse needs in our city and raising awareness of a baby's important growth and development stages; both brain and physical. The images below are taken from a recent presentation at the III international seminar of Semana do Bebe in Recife Brazil showing how we are implementing thier initiative to the UK as the first English speaking country to do so. And some of the steering group meetings and a lecture to health visitor students.