Flying Start investment to provide free childcare for over 700 more families in Carmarthenshire
Over 700 more families in Carmarthenshire are to benefit from an expansion of the Flying Start programme.
Thanks to a Welsh Government grant, the programme will almost double in size over the next two years.
It will extend to nine new communities in parts of Pantyffynon, Burry Port, Carmarthen town north, Dafen, Garnant, Glanamman, Pwll, Pembrey and Trimsaran.
The funding, totalling £1,789,5000 over three years will pay for seven capital schemes to create childcare venues, plus a small office for the multi-agency team.
It will pay to create or adapt venues for childcare, to offer a free service for two to three year olds living in identified areas.
Childcare will be available for up to 42 weeks for two and a half hours per day, for five days per week.
Currently, three capital projects are nearing completion, at Myrddin, Richmond Park and Pwll primary schools for classroom refurbishment to host the childcare service.
Flying Start aims to have these playgroups operational by early autumn. The refurbishments include adapting classrooms for a range of learning opportunities, flooring suitable for wet and messy play, carpeted area for quiet time and reading, a milk kitchen to provide snacks and suitable toileting facilities for toddlers and those still in nappies.
The setting will also be fully furnished with resources and furniture suitable for pre-school children.
A high standard of outdoor play provision will be incorporated into the scheme, allowing childcare leaders and staff to plan activities aligned to the Foundation Phase learning outcomes, part of which is learning within an outdoor environment.
Four more capital grant funded schemes are set to develop over the next two years, creating new venues to provide Flying Start services.
Carmarthenshire’s education executive board member Cllr Keith Davies said: “The benefits of this investment include creating sufficient childcare provision to meet known demand within these newly expanded Flying Start areas, ultimately aiming to support pre-school childrens’ learning and development in order to be ready for school.
“Carmarthenshire Flying Start is very fortunate to have such a significant investment from the Welsh Government and we are eager to offer these high quality newly refurbished venues to more children across the county from this autumn.”
For more information on Flying Start contact Nia McIntosh or Liz Wilson on 01554 742447.
-Carmarthenshire County Council
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