Childcare support reaches more families

Posted on: Friday 26 May 2023

A significant expansion of childcare provision in Torfaen is set to benefit more families, as more Flying Start areas are introduced across the borough.

The initiative, funded by the Welsh Government, will cater for two-year-olds, providing enhanced support and opportunities for early childhood development.

It’s estimated 251 families currently access Flying Start childcare in Torfaen, with around 173 more expected to benefit from the expansion.

Families living in the newly established Flying Start areas should have received a postcard notifying them of their entitlement to these enhanced childcare services.

It is hoped funded childcare will be provided to all two and three year olds across the borough within the next few years.  

Councillor Richard Clark, Torfaen Council's Executive Member for Children, Families, and Education, said: It’s great news that even more families in Torfaen can access Flying Start Childcare. Early learning makes a big difference to the way children develop and grow, and the Flying Start Childcare Settings are quality assured to help children have the best start in life."

The Flying Start programme targets families with children under four years of age living in economically disadvantaged areas of Wales. Its comprehensive approach spans from the antenatal period to a child's entry into school, striving to provide the best possible start in life.

For information about Flying Start or other early years support, contact Torfaen Family Information Service at 0800 0196330 or

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