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Flying Start for Cynon Valley Children


Cynon Valley children can now enjoy a “Flying Start” to life, thanks to the official opening of a colourful new facility packed with things to help them learn, thrive – and have fun! Enjoy the picture special!

Parent and toddler groups, Language and Play sessions to encourage early development through songs, arts, craft and play, free childcare and even a toy library are just some of the exciting opportunities on offer to eligible families at Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Aman Early Years Centre.

The centre, officially opened by Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, forms part of the Council’s wider response to the ongoing extension of the Welsh Government’s important Flying Start scheme.

Offered to families living in some of the most deprived wards in Wales, Flying Start offers additional support for those with children aged four and under. This support includes free childcare, extra health visitor support, fun sessions to support language and communication development, parenting support and more.

Flying Start is currently offered to some 2956 children in Rhondda Cynon Taf and the ongoing expansion is set to almost double provision.

To celebrate the opening of the important new centre in Aberaman, a family fun day was held, during which children enjoyed a climbing wall, face-painting, badge-making, making bird nest tables, bird food-making, old-fashioned games, den building, circus skills and loads of information stands covering the Family Information Service, Early Years provision, support for parents, Communities First and more.

Local singer and former The Voice contestant Ragsy – last seen at Aberdare Festival just a few weeks ago – also performed on the day.

Cllr Hanagan said: “The importance of Flying Start to the lives of the families and children who live in Rhondda Cynon Taf has been recognised by the Welsh Government’s commitment to extend the scheme, so even more people can benefit from it.

“We are proud of our extensive service which offers the additional support eligible families may need, to ensure young children get the best-possible start they need, whether that is increased health care, learning through play or support for parents.

“We are pleased to be extending this important provision to even more households in Rhondda Cynon Taf. While Flying Start is for eligible families, it forms part of our wider, exciting Early Years Provision, which includes parenting support and advice, training, information on childcare, help for professionals and loads of fun, engaging ways in which families and children can get together and flourish.”

To find out more about Flying Start and the wider Early Years provision, contact the Family Information Service, which has recently secured a prestigious national award for the standard of service it provides. Visit the Family Information Service web page, email fis@rctcbc.gov.uk or call 0800 180 4151 free from landlines or 0300 11114151 free from mobiles.

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