New Talysarn centre gives youngsters a Flying Start
The new purpose-built Flying Start centre in Talysarn, Gwynedd, is helping give the area’s youngsters the best start in life First Minister Carwyn Jones has said.
The First Minister was visiting the new centre which was fully funded by a grant of over £275,000 from the Welsh Government’s Flying Start capital programme.
The new centre is in the grounds of the Talysarn Community Centre in the heart of the village, which also means rooms in the community centre itself can be used. It also houses the offices for the Flying Start team.
Flying Start is the Welsh Government’s targeted Early Years Programme for families with children under four years of age in some of the most deprived areas of Wales. It includes free high quality, part time childcare for two – three year olds, an enhanced health visiting programme and access to parenting programmes.
The First Minister said:
“The new centre here in Talysarn provides excellent facilities for the pre-school children in the area, and also offers valuable support for parents.
“Flying Start is one of our top priorities. In 2011 we gave a commitment to double the number of children and their families benefiting from the Flying Start programme from 18,000 to 36,000, by the end of this Assembly term. I was delighted when the Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty announced last year that we had already exceeded that target, a year ahead of schedule.
“It’s been a pleasure to see the impact of Welsh Government funding here in Talysarn and how it is making a difference for both children and their parents.”
Councillor Mair Rowlands, Gwynedd Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People added:
“We recently had a very successful official opening of the facility, with positive feedback from families and the local community. I’m convinced that this new development wil be a huge benefit to local children and families in the Talysarn area.”
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