- Posted by: Mike Hedges MS
- Category: Press Releases
MIKE HEDGES AM WELCOMES NEWS THAT CHILDREN CONTINUE TO BENEFIT FROM FLYING START
New figures show that 37,628 children benefitted from Flying Start services in Wales during 2016-17.
MIKE HEDGES AM SAID…. I welcome the news that so many children are benefiting from Flying Start; I have visited many of the Flying Start centres in Swansea East and have seen first-hand how children develop skills so quickly as a result of the extra support. Flying start also provides support for parents and carers and again, I have met many parents and carers who have spoken of how their family have benefited from these schemes. I have previously called for the program to be extended to areas such as the Trallwn Primary School area. I shall continue to campaign for the programs extension to new areas.
The figure exceeded the expected target of 36,000 by 4 per cent.
Flying Start is the Welsh Labour Government’s targeted early years programme for families with children under 4 years of age living in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Wales. It provides free, quality, part-time childcare for 2-3 year olds; an enhanced health visiting service; access to parenting programmes; and support for speech language and communication.
Some of the other key statistics show:
- 88 per cent of offers of childcare in a Flying Start childcare setting were taken up during 2016-17, a small rise from 2015/16 (86 per cent).
- Flying Start health visitors worked with 25% of all children under the age of 4 during 2016-17.
- 94 per cent of children aged 3 and living in Flying Start areas were on roll at a maintained school (2016). This is a small increase from 93 per cent in 2015.
- 82 per cent of children living in Flying Start areas were fully immunised by their 4th birthday (2016-17). This is a slight decrease from 83 per cent in 2015/16.
Further information about the Flying Start programme can be found here.