Flying Start is a programme for families with children who are 0-4 years of age. It is targeted at certain postcode areas in the following areas : Welshpool, Newtown, Ystradgynlais, Brecon and Llandrindod Wells.
What Flying Start Means
Flying Start includes four core elements - free quality childcare, family support through Incredible Years programmes, intensive Health Visitor support, and support for early years language development.
Free quality, part-time childcare for 2-3 year olds
Flying Start provides quality childcare which is offered to parents of all eligible 2-3 year olds for 2 and a half hours a day, 5 days a week for 39 weeks. In addition, there should be at least 15 sessions of provision for the family during the school holidays.
Access to Parenting Programmes
Every family with a Flying Start child must be offered formal parenting support at least on an annual basis. This can be in groups or one to one in the home with a mix of formal and informal support depending on need.
An enhanced Health Visiting service
The primary function of the Flying Start Health Visitor is to support the family in the home, assessing both the child and the family (in terms of high, medium and low risk). Flying Start Health Visitors should continually assess those families identified as medium and high risk, and make appropriate referrals.
Speech, Language and Communication
Every family in a Flying Start area should have ongoing access to an appropriate language and play group. From this, a more targeted approach based on assessment and referral can be taken where there is evidence of additional need.
Some of Powys' Family Support Services are provided in partnership between Flying Start and Families First and this means that, although families in Flying Start areas do get more specialised and intensive support, families who would benefit from similar support, but do not live in a Flying Start area, are able to access them via Families First.