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Young children continue to receive a Flying Start during lockdown

Help, advice and support for families in the Flying Start programme is continuing in Swansea despite the coronavirus lockdown.

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Although all groups and non-essential visits have stopped during lockdown the teams are delivering services in alternative and innovative ways.

Every year Flying Start helps around 3,000 pre-school children in Swansea and their families develop so they are ready to start nursery school.

During the lockdown the Flying Start Speech & Language Development Team is still available to help with advice and suggestions for activities to support children's communication.

Flying Start Health Visitors are also still available over the telephone in the first instance as well as by virtual means, but are visiting families where necessary.

Health Visitors are also reminding families to attend their routine immunisation appointments as they remain, as ever, so very important for offering your child and the community protection from diseases such as Diphtheria, Meningitis B, Meningitis C, Measles, Mumps and Rubella.

Early Help staff are continuing their support virtually where possible to provide what matters to families and while Flying Start Childcare has been repurposed into hubs, childcare staff are keeping in touch with families who would have been accessing childcare over the phone, via class Dojo and providing activity packs.

Councillor Elliott King, Swansea Council's Cabinet Member for Children's Services (Early Years), said: "Flying Start is vital in helping some children catch-up and be ready for school and it is a key part of our commitment to give every child in Swansea the Best Start possible in life.

"I would like to thank all our Early Years staff for their continuing work in supporting our young people and their families at this time."

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