Scheme aims to give families a flying start

Families can help their children, up to the age of three, have a positive start in life thanks to a new initiative which has been launched.

The Flying Start scheme provides intensive support services for children up to three-years-old and their families in certain areas of Powys .

Help includes part-time funded childcare for two-year-olds, an enhanced Health Visiting service, access to parenting programmes and support for children to learn to talk and communicate.

Families in certain postcode areas of Welshpool and Newtown can now check if they are eligible for the Welsh Government funded scheme and apply for a place by visiting the Powys County Council website.

Cabinet Member for Children and Culture, Councillor Rachel Powell said: “This is really positive for families wishing to access support in securing their ‘Flying Start’ offer.

“By inputting a Powys postcode families can check if they are eligible.

“They can then benefit directly from activities, group sessions and additional childcare offerings, available within this Welsh Government scheme.

“Flying Start formalises the basis of a positive flying start for children, within the first years of their lives and gives families a form of early help in order to achieve this.

“Professionals from across agencies work together to offer this support and guidance to meet the needs of the Flying Start families.”

The scheme is available for certain postcode areas in Welshpool, Newtown, Ystradgynlais, Brecon and Llandrindod Wells.

Families who have a child aged between 0 and 3 years 11 months and live in Powys can enter your postcode to see if they are eligible.

For details, visit www.powys.gov.uk and search Flying Start.

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