Funded childcare for eligible 2 year olds is available through Wrexham Flying Start, from the term after their second birthday until the term after their third birthday.
Give your child a Flying Start
In Wrexham we are committed to giving our youngest children the best possible start in life.
Children in Flying Start childcare provision learn through play. Flying Start childcare providers offer access to a high quality enabling environment. Children are supported by highly qualified attentive practitioners who prioritise the child’s wellbeing.
Benefits of Flying Start childcare for your child include...
- learning new skills
- growing in confidence
- exploring and following their curiosity and interests
- developing independence
- developing creativity and imagination
- learning to speak Welsh
- making friends
- having lots of fun indoors and outdoors
How the childcare is provided
The childcare is provided for up to 5 sessions a week, for 2 and a half hours a day over 39 weeks of the year - following school term times (from the term after their second birthday until the term after their third birthday).
A choice of Welsh medium or English medium childcare provision is available.
If you do not need to use the full entitlement of 5 sessions per week you can apply for reduced sessions. You should record this preference and the reason on the application form when you fill it in with your Health Visitor.
It is recommended that you use a minimum of 3 sessions per week.
You will need to live in one of the Wrexham postcode areas set out below and your child must turn 2 between set dates before the term start you apply for.
Eligibility for Flying Start childcare is based on postcode and broken down to ‘Lower Super Output Areas’ (LSOAs). You can find contact details after the following lists to check whether your address is within one of these areas.
LSOAs are defined geographical areas that are smaller than a postal town area or district area. For example, one area such as Coedpoeth contains 3 separate LSOAs.
From April 1 2023, children living in any postcode in the following LSOAs will be eligible:
- Acton 2
- Brymbo 2
- Cartrefle 1
- Cartrefle 2
- Coedpoeth 1
- Coedpoeth 3
- Grosvenor 2
- Gwersyllt North 2
- Hermitage 1
- Hermitage 2
- Johnstown 2
- New Broughton 2
- Penycae and Ruabon South 2
- Plas Madoc
- Queensway 1
- Queensway 2
- Ruabon 1
Children living in selected postcodes in the following LSOAs will also be eligible:
- Brymbo 1
- Bryn Cefn
- Cefn 1
- Cefn 2
- Cefn 3
- Gwersyllt West 1
- Llay 1
- Llay 2
- Llay 3
- New Broughton 1
- Smithfield 2
- Smithfield 3
- Whitegate 1
- Whitegate 2
Check your postcode
To check if your postcode is eligible please contact your Health Visitor, or our Wrexham Flying Start Childcare Team by emailing FlyingStartChildcare@wrexham.gov.uk or calling 01978 297270.
You can also contact Wrexham Family Information Service.
A child must be aged two before the term they are due to start Flying Start childcare provision.
|Dates your child must turn 2 years of age between to be eligible||School term start date|
|April 1 – August 31||Autumn term (September 1 - December 31)|
|September 1 – December 31||Spring term (January 1 - March 31)|
|January 1 – March 31||Summer term (April 1 - August 31)|
How to apply
You (the child’s parent or carer) will need to complete a ‘Flying Start 2 year old Childcare Application Form’ with your Health Visitor.
Your Health Visitor will submit the completed form to the Flying Start Admissions Officer.
Deadline for autumn term starting September 2023: March 9, 2023
Deadline for spring term starting January 2024: August 10, 2023
Deadline for summer term starting April 2024: December 9, 2023
Deadline for autumn term starting September 2024: March 8, 2024
Deadline for spring term starting January 2025: August 9, 2024
Deadline for summer term starting April 2025: December 10, 2024
Deadline for autumn term starting September 2025: March 10, 2025
If an application form is submitted after the relevant deadline it will still be considered for a childcare place. If there are spaces available, a place will be allocated. If no places are available, our admissions offer can discuss further options with you.
If you refuse an alternative allocation offer, or there are no alternative places available, your child will be placed on a waiting list. You would then be contacted as soon as a place becomes available.
What happens once your child has been allocated a place
The Flying Start Admissions Officer will send you a letter (and email if you provided your email address in the application), confirming the allocated childcare provision.
If you have submitted an application for more than one child you will receive a separate letter/email for each application.
The childcare provider will contact you in order to confirm the date of registration for your child to attend. Registration day is normally held at the beginning of each school term.
Please note that only the Flying Start Admissions Officer has the role of allocating childcare places and informing the childcare settings and parents/carers of the placements.
In the event that more parents/carers request places than are available at a particular childcare setting, over-subscription criteria will be applied.
If this happens you may be offered a place with your second or third choice preference instead. If your child is not allocated a place at your preferred Flying Start setting, there is no formal right to appeal against this decision.
If you decline an offer of an alternative childcare provision you will be placed on a waiting list until a place of your choice is available.