Regional News — March 4, 2016 at 5:12 pm — Updated: March 4, 2016 at 5:12 pm

Welsh Government continues to deliver on its promise to give 36,000 children a Flying Start in life

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New statistics reveal the Welsh Government is on track to meet its ambitious target of providing Flying Start services to 36,000 children for the second year running.
Figures show 33,252 children benefitted from Flying Start between April and December 2015. This is over 600 more children than benefited at the equivalent stage in 2014-15, a year in which the programme was delivered to more than 37,000 children – reaching and exceeding the Welsh Government’s target a year early.
Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister, Lesley Griffiths, said: “Giving children the best possible start in life has been one of this Government’s key priorities, which is why we have invested almost half a billion pounds in the scheme since 2006. Our communities are reaping the rewards of this investment, with thousands more families now able to access high quality childcare, support for children’s speech, language, and communication, as well as parenting support, and an enhanced health visitor service.
“Time and time again I have spoken to teachers who say they can clearly see the benefits Flying Start gives children, preparing them for the challenges and opportunities they face as they get older. The £77m we have allocated for the programme in 2016/17 will ensure children across Wales continue to get a Flying Start in life.”

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