Posted: Tue 15th Mar 2016

Celebrating The Opening Of Flying Start Centre In Bethesda

This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Mar 15th, 2016

Following an investment worth £167,013, the Flying Start centre in Bethesda has officially opened in Plas Ffrancon with a fun day for the family to celebrate the occasion. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

There were plenty of activities for the children and they were joined by the popular characters Peppa Pig and Sam Tân. The Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty, Lesley Griffiths was the special guests to celebrate the centre’s official opening. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The Flying Start Centre has opened thanks to an investment of £167,013 from the Welsh Government Capital Fund given to Gwynedd Council’s Children and Supporting Families Department. The new facility at the leisure centre has been used by children and families for months and Cylch Meithrin Cefnfaes opened in September 2015. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor Mair Rowlands, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for children and young people said: ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I was very proud to attend the opening of the Flying Start Centre in Bethesda and I’m sure
that this resource will be become a central location to the area as it offers quality child care, parenting courses and baby groups and an office for the Flying Start which includes the health visitors. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Ensuring children living in some of the most underprivileged communities receive a good introduction to formal education is vital if we are to see each child reaching their full potential in life, and I’m glad that this scheme is now available to more children in Gwynedd than ever before. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The core elements to the Flying Start programme include a high standard of child care at no cost at all, better access to health care, parenting support and language development programmes and early play. I am confident that the children who will be given access to this new service will make the most of it.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Leisa Williams, Gwynedd Council’s Early Years and Flying Start Co-ordinator added:
“A fun-filled fantastic day was had at the official opening with plenty of activities and an opportunity to meet members of the Flying Start team. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The new location includes a new office for the Flying Start team, child care through the Cylch Meithrin Cefnfaes where there will be a safe outside play area purposely built on an external balcony. The centre will offer a fantastic learning opportunity for local children.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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