Calls for changes to Flying Start programme
A new report by the National Assembly for Wales’ Children, Young People and Education Committee states that the Flying Start programme needs to do more to help disadvantaged children across Wales.
Flying Start is part of Welsh Government’s early years programme to tackle poverty by helping families with children under four living in the most deprived areas of Wales. The programme provides part-time free childcare, enhanced health visiting service, access to parental support and access to early language development support for families.
Lynn Neagle AM, Chair of the cross-party Children, Young People and Education Committee said:
‘We welcome the hard work of those delivering Flying Start services across Wales. Nevertheless, with the majority of children living in poverty falling outside defined Flying Start areas, we believe that more flexibility is needed to allow the programme to reach those most in need.
‘We also believe that more needs to be done to demonstrate the benefits of the programme, and we welcome the Welsh Government’s assurances that it is looking at different ways to show the direct improvements Flying Start is making to the lives of children and families in Wales.’