What is Flying Start?
Flying Start is a Welsh Government funded programme which provides a range of support services to 0-4 year old children and their families within specific areas of Torfaen. The programme aims to make a difference to children in their earliest years of life.
This is achieved through four main service areas:
- An intensive Health Visiting service
- Free quality part-time childcare place for 2-3 year old children
- Access to parenting programmes
- Support for speech, language and communication development
You should have been informed by your Midwife or Health Visitor if your child is eligible to benefit from Flying Start, but if you think that you may live in a Flying Start area and are pregnant or have a child under four years of age call Torfaen Family Information Service on 0800 0196 330 who will check whether the postcode of the house where you live is within a Flying Start area.
What are the services?
Health Visiting: the Flying Start Health Team will offer extra support and advice throughout pregnancy and the first years of your child's life. They will be able to help families with babies and toddlers with breast feeding, bottle feeding and weaning. Other support includes: speech and early language skills, behaviour, play activities, healthy lifestyles, family support for parents/carers and siblings and child development.
Childcare: The term after their second birthday children living in Flying Start areas are entitled to Welsh Government funded part-time childcare for twelve and a half hours per week, which amounts to two and a half hours per day, Monday to Friday, for 39 weeks of the year.
Attending a Flying Start setting can add to what you already do at home to help your child learn and develop to their full potential. Early learning makes a BIG difference to the way children develop and go on to learn throughout their lives.
Parenting: Parenting groups help parents meet other parents and work together to develop their skills to support their child’s development, care and wellbeing.
Speech, language and communication development: Talking is so important for children to communicate their needs. Did you know that the amount of vocabulary at age 5 is a very strong predictor of qualifications achieved at school leaving age and beyond? Flying Start run a variety of groups to help parents to develop their child’s communication skills.
If you would like more information please contact the Family Information Service on 0800 0196330.
Last Modified: 18/01/2019
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