New statistics reveal the Welsh Government is on track to meet its ambitious target of providing Flying Start services to 36,000 children for the second year running.
The figures show that 33,252 children benefitted from Flying Start between April and December 2015. This is over 600 more children than benefited at the equivalent stage in 2014-15, a year in which the programme was delivered to more than 37,000 children – reaching and exceeding the Welsh Labour Government’s target a year early.
Flying Start supports families living in some of the most disadvantaged communities across Wales. It offers 12 and a half hours of high quality childcare a week for 2-3 year olds; support for the development of children’s speech, language and communication; parenting support; and an enhanced health visitor service.
Giving children the best possible start in life is a key priority for the Welsh Labour Government, which is why funding for the early years programme was fully protected in the recent Draft Budget and will be maintained at almost £77 million in 2016/17, in spite of the significant cuts imposed on the Welsh Government’s own budget by the Tory UK Government.