Flying Start is a new initiative for children aged from 0 up until their 4th Birthday, and their parents or carers. It is a specific grant to Local Authorities funded by the Welsh Assembly Government until 2010/2011. Flying Start will be happening across areas of Wales including designated parts of Wrexham.
Flying Start provides a number of free services for eligible families:
Some free sessional childcare for 2 to 3 year olds – this means that eligible children can attend a Flying Start childcare setting for 2.5 hours a day, 5 days a week for 42 weeks of the year. All sessions are fun and free, and there are 2 Welsh medium centres available. The staff are highly qualified and a Flying Start Teacher supports the Setting.
When a child is in the term after their 3rd Birthday they can attend a free Early Education Place.
Increased Heath Visiting – this means more support and contact from your Flying Start Health Visitor. There is a team of health professionals who also supplement this work including a Speech Therapist, midwife and family support workers.
Access to parenting courses and opportunities – this means that a number of free courses will be made available to eligible parents to support them in their roles as parents. They are fun and can be delivered in a group or one to one within the home. One of the main courses available is the Incredible Years programme. This is a 12 week course which gives parents the skills to deal with any challenging behaviour their children might display.
This element is about support for parents to develop the basic skills of their children. Language and Play and Number and Play are two short courses where parents and children can have fun together with staff from the Language and Play Team. These two courses can also be delivered in the home.
All eligible families have received a letter and a leaflet letting them know they are eligible. They will also have received visits from their Flying Start Health Visitor who will have explained more about Flying Start.
You can ring the Flying Start Childcare Team on 01978 317668 or the Flying Start Health Visitors Team on 01978 265395 or 01978 823716.