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Boost for Flying Start project

146 new family support projects are to open across Wales to support those living in the country's most deprived areas. The Welsh Government is expanding its Flying Start programme to support an extra 18,000 children.

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Flying Start project 'aims to help most vulnerable'

Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister Huw Lewis said the Flying Start project will be expanded over the next few years to target "specific communities where there are high concentrations of children living in income benefit households."

This is about providing superb quality childcare and support to those who most need it to the benefit of the whole family, and importantly to allow parents the opportunity to gain new skills and look for work.

Our efforts to prevent poverty start with targeting investment to give children the best possible start in life with early intervention to make sure that children have the opportunity to learn, develop and play.

It is our ambition to double the number of children benefiting from the package of services that the Flying Start Programme offers and that is why we will be funding the creation of 146 new facilities to provide the service.

– Huw Lewis AM, Communities and Tackling Poverty Minister

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