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Welsh Government 'committed' to helping families

The Welsh Government has said that the boost in funding for the Flying Start scheme will give children in the poorest neighbourhoods in Wales the "best start in life".

This new funding shows that despite the unprecedented squeeze on our budget, we remain committed to helping families in our most deprived communities.

The squeeze on wages, cuts to welfare and rising living costs make these the toughest of times for families in Wales.

At its heart Flying Start is about changing lives for the better. We are committed to providing this unique support to 36,000 families across Wales so we can help to protect them from poverty and give them the best start in life.

– Vaughan Gething, Deputy Minister for Tackling Poverty

£11m funding for children in deprived areas of Wales

A Welsh Government scheme which aims to support children living in the most deprived areas of Wales will today get an £11m boost.

The money will be used to make sure more families can get help to pay for things like childcare and health services as part of the Flying Start scheme.

The funding boost will help to pay for childcare and health services in Wales

Flying Start is the Welsh Government targeted Early Years programme for families with children under 4 years of age in some of the most deprived areas of Wales.

23,579 children currently use the scheme, which offers eligible parents free childcare for 2-3 year olds, as well as parenting support and help for early language development.