Posted: Fri 13th Jan 2017

£170k Cash Boost To Give Swansea Youngsters A Flying Start

news.wales / newyddion.cymru
This article is old - Published: Friday, Jan 13th, 2017

More than £170,000 will be spent during the next few months improving schools that host Flying Start programmes in Swansea. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Swansea Council has successfully applied for Welsh Government funding to upgrade outdoor play areas, replace childcare and computer equipment and carry out minor repairs. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The toilets at the Little Gems Flying Start Setting on the Sea View Primary site in Mayhill will also be upgraded. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Flying Start offers free, high quality part-time childcare for children under the age of four in some of the most deprived areas of Swansea. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The aim is to help them develop so they are ready to start nursery school and to help their families support their children to reduce the risk of them falling behind at school. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

During this financial year around 2,900 children will have benefitted in Swansea. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Jen Raynor, Swansea Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, said: “Our model for delivering the Flying Start programme in Swansea has been recognised by the Welsh Government as good practice. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“We are pleased that the Welsh Government has approved our bid for capital funding that will be used to enhance some of the centres where this programme is delivered. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Flying Start exists to help children catch-up and be ready for school. It provides language development and play opportunities, advice on parenting and enhanced support from health visitors. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“It is a key part of our commitment to give every child in Swansea the best possible start in life.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The outdoor play areas at the Flying Start Centres at Hafod, Portmead, Sea View, Pentrechwyth, Clwyd, Townhill, Craigfelen and Birchgrove will also all benefit. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

There will be some minor repairs at Hafod, Portmead and Sea View while childcare equipment at various centres will be renewed. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Raynor added: “As well as providing targeted support to those children and families who need it the most, the centres in Swansea have also provided 250 employment opportunities and supported some families to secure work and training with businesses in our city.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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