Flying Start

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A Flying Start in Life

Flying Start is a Welsh Government funded programme and is available in targeted areas across Wales. The Programme aims to provide intensive support services to families in these areas to give their 0-3 year olds a Flying Start in life.

The programme aims to make a difference to children by focussing on nurturing families, early talking, physical and emotional health and play to give children the best possible start in their earliest years of life.

Who Can Get Support

Flying Start Services are available to all families with children under 4 years of age and expectant parents who live in a Flying Start area.

Do you live in a Flying Start area?

The Flying Start areas in Torfaen currently include certain postcodes within the following areas:
  • Blaenavon
  • Garndiffaith
  • Pontnewynydd
  • Penygarn & St Cadocs
  • Cwmynyscoy
  • Thornhill
  • St Dials
  • Fairwater
  • Greenmeadow
  • Northville
You should have been informed by your Midwife or Health Visitor if your child is eligible, but if you think that you may live in a Flying Start area and are pregnant or have a child under four years of age, call Torfaen Family Information Service on 0800 0196 330 who can advise you.

What are the services?

Enhanced Health Visiting
The Flying Start Health Team will offer extra support and advice throughout pregancy and the first years of your child's life. They will be able to help families with babies and toddlers with breast-feeding, bottle-feeding and weaning. Other support includes: speech and early language skills, behaviour, play activities, health lifestyles, family support for parents/carers and siblings, child development, safety.

The term after their second birthday children living in Flying Start areas are entitled to Welsh Government funded part time childcare for 12 and a half hours per week, which amounts to 2 and a half hours per day, monday to friday, for 39 weeks of the year.

Attending a Flying Start setting can add to what you already do at home to help your child learn and develop to their full potential. Early learning makes a BIG difference to the way children develop and go on to learn throughout their lives.

For more information on Flying Start childcare please contact Torfaen Family Information Service on freephone 0800 0196 330. To download the Flying Start Childcare information leaflet please click on the image below.

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Parenting groups help parents meet other parents and work together to develop their skills to support their child's development, care and wellbeing. We can also offer support to adults with their own learning needs.

Early Language Development
Talking is so important for children to communicate their needs. Whilst chidren will benefit from a language rich environment during their time in playgroup, Flying Start also run a variety of groups to help parents to develop their child's communication skills.

Family & Play Activities
For further details on sessions running between September and December (From Birth - 3 years) please contact Family Information Service on 0800 0196330

If you would like more information please contact:
Torfaen Flying Start Co-ordinator
Tel: 0800 0196330

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