The Flying Start programme offers support in the form of free quality, part-time childcare for 2-3 year olds, an enhanced health visiting service, parenting programmes and language and play sessions to all children aged 0-3 and their families in the areas in which it runs. It was launched by the Welsh Government in 2007, since when it has made a real difference to many families across Wales.
Deputy Minister for Children and Social Services, Gwenda Thomas, has agreed capital funding of £1,012,798 for projects in Anglesey, Cardiff Swansea and Wrexham.
Gwenda Thomas said:
“There are huge benefits to children attending Flying Start childcare. They learn essential social skills and are stimulated physically and mentally in a way that prepares them well for nursery and then school. Indeed, schools have told us that they have seen an improvement in confidence, concentration and communication skills among children who have participated in Flying Start.
“The programme has improved access to services for those families who need them most and will ultimately help them to escape poverty.
“We are committed to our pledge to double the number of children benefitting from more intensive health visiting, free childcare places and better support to families through the Flying Start programme in this term of government.”
The projects funded are:
- £195,000 a new childcare facility at Ysgol y Graig in Llangefni on Anglesey.
- £147,953 for an extension to Trelai Primary School that will provide additional childcare places and parenting support; and £359,045 to develop part of St Francis Primary School for the provision of Flying Start childcare. Both schools are in Cardiff.
- £175,000 to provide additional Flying Start childcare places at Sea View Primary School and £20,000 to provide additional Flying Start childcare places at Blaenymaes Primary School. Both schools in Swansea.
- £62,400 for an extension to Wrexham’s Caia Park Nursery to deliver childcare for children with special and additional learning needs and £53,400 to develop the outdoor learning environments at Flying Start childcare settings and family centres in Wrexham.