The Flying Start service is a Welsh Government funded programme, which provides intensive support and early intervention services to 0-3 year old children and their families who live in areas of poverty and disadvantage within the County of Carmarthenshire. Services are funded directly via an annual grant from Welsh Government to Carmarthenshire County Council, in order to provide a range of intensive home-support services and packages of support to eligible families. (Strict postcode eligibility does apply for all Flying Start services – see Postcode List to establish if you are eligible for Flying Start services)
Flying Start is a targeted programme now available in 17 geographical communities across the County. These are Betws, Pantyfynnon, Glanamman and Garnant in the Ammanford area. And from November 2017, services will also be available in the Ammanford Town area (eligible postcodes to be confirmed).
Flying Start services are also available heavily in Llanelli town, including: Bigyn, Felinfoel, Morfa, Lakefield/Copperworks, Dafen Llwynhendy and Bynea Outside Llanelli town, Flying Start services are also available in Carway, Pwll West/Maengwnne, Trimsaran, Burry Port and Pembrey. And in Carmarthen town, services are available in Myrddin (Carmarthen Town North) and Richmond Park.
As Flying Start is a targeted service is it only available in the communities listed above and strict postcode eligibility applies in order to receive intensive support services.
Through early identification of needs Flying Start aims to put support services in place to address a range of needs within the family and provides intensive support across 4 service areas:
Flying Start Health Visiting Service
Intensive home-based Health Visiting service, with increased home visits undertaken by Flying Start Health Visitors (number of visits dependent on a needs led basis). A number of other key health professionals offer enhanced services supporting the Health Visitor led service, including Speech Therapists, Dietician, Midwife and a range of Support Officers, offering targeted support in the home. Social Welfare Support is also available through a small number of Social Workers on the team who are not part of statutory services, but work holistically with the family to address their social and welfare needs, adopting an early intervention approach, hoping to avoid the need for statutory social services involvement. (See Health Visitor page for further information on services available).
Flying Start Childcare Service
Children aged 2-3 years, living in Flying Start areas are entitled to funded part- time childcare for 12.5 hours per week, (two and a half hours per day), Monday to Friday for 42 weeks of the year. Childcare is provided from a range of mostly centre-based childcare facilities, including private day nurseries, Family Centres, Playgroups and Welsh medium Cylch Meithrin. The focus of the funded childcare place is on the child and in particular to ensure that all children have opportunities to develop their language, social skills, emotionally, physically in order to be ready to begin school, within a secure and safe childcare setting. (See Childcare Page for more information on the available funded childcare places in your local community, list of nurseries who provide the service and eligible postcodes.)
Flying Start Parenting Service
Parenting Programmes provide eligible Flying Start parents with opportunities to attend group settings and courses to be more informed about positive parenting approaches and strategies. Encouraging their children to learn and develop into happy, confident and healthy young children, where parents feel confident and empowered to manage their children’s behaviour in a nurturing manner. (See the Parenting Page for further information on the range and content of Parenting Courses available across the County).
Flying Start Early Language Service
Early Language Activities – a number of activities on a drop-in basis, are available across all Flying Start communities, and range from ‘Language and Play’ sessions, story time activities, messy play and physical language promotion activities, such as Active Story and Jabadao. These services offer a softer approach to the formal structured courses offered by the Parenting service. They are available in a number of venues, including Integrated Childrens’ Centres and Family Centres, where parents and children attend together, in order to encourage early stimulation and promote children’s general wellbeing and development, particularly in the area of language and increasing pre-school children’s vocabulary. (See the Early Language Development page for an up to date timetable of activities available across the County).