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Flying Start centres to spread across city thanks to £620,000 grant

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: May 21, 2014

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SWANSEA Council has secured a £620,000 grant from the Welsh Government's flagship Flying Start programme to take support for families with children up to four years old into even more areas of the city.

It means next year Pontarddulais, Parklands and Plasmarl Primary schools will get their own Flying Start Centres providing more than 50 additional childcare places for pre-schoolers and providing support to more thank 200 children up to four years old.

They will join more than 2,000 families already benefiting from Flying Start in Swansea.

Will Evans, Swansea Council cabinet member for learning and skills, said: "Swansea is harnessing the Welsh Government's Flying Start programme to transform the lives of many young children across the city.

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"The centres are very much in demand and I am looking forward to seeing the programme helping even more families over the coming years. Flying Start has also enabled the council to develop some childcare apprenticeships to help staff the centres, boosting the opportunities available to young adults in the city too."

Flying Start is the Welsh Government's landmark programme which supports families living in some of Wales's most deprived communities. The scheme helps them look after their children's health, working in partnership with primary and community healthcare.

In Swansea the council's education, poverty and prevention and children and young people's teams deliver Flying Start in partnership with primary and community healthcare.

Mark Child, cabinet member for well-being, said: "Flying Start is all about helping families with very young children to get the support they need to gain essential social and learning skills which will make all the difference when children start school.

"Alongside extra health care, this kind of support so early in life will mean youngsters will be better prepared to join school so they can make the most of their education throughout their life."

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