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£100k boost for Swansea's Flying Start centres

More than £100,000 will be spent improving pre-school facilities for young children in some of the most deprived areas of Swansea.

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Swansea Council has successfully applied to the Welsh Government for capital grants for the work at Flying Start centres in the city.

It will be used to improve and upgrade children's areas, add additional facilities and improve security and safety at seven sites.

Flying Start offers free, high quality part-time childcare for children under the age of four in the more deprived areas of Swansea.

The aim is to help them develop so they are ready to start nursery school and to help their families support their children to get the most out of their time in class.

Cllr Mark Child, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: "Every year almost 3,000 children in Swansea benefit from Flying Start which is vital in helping some children catch-up and be ready for school.

"We are very grateful to our colleagues in the Welsh Government for their support in providing grant funding so we can improve our facilities.

"The Welsh Government recognises that our model for delivering the Flying Start programme as good practice.

"It is a key part of our commitment to give every child in Swansea the Best Start possible in life."

Fifty thousand pounds has been allocated to improve traffic access issues to the Seahorses Flying Start centre at Clase Primary School and make it safer for pedestrians.

A further £20,000 is going to add fencing and gates to improve access to the Flying Start centre at Gors.

A soft play area is being introduced at Clwyd Flying Start thanks to a £15,000 grant and the children's toilets and kitchen facilities at Hafod Flying Start will be improved.

There will be new computer equipment at Plasmarl Flying start while Waun Wen and St Thomas will both benefit from improved fencing and gates.

Cllr Child added: "We will be working with the headteachers and Flying Start managers at each site to ensure that these improvements are carried out before the end of this financial year." 

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