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Flying Start

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  • Release date: 19 July 2017
  • Period covered: 2016-17
  • Next update: March 2018
An annual report and termly updates which present a statistical summary of the service.

The annual report aims to provide a statistical overview of how the programme is working by presenting statistics from a management information set, for example, the numbers of children using Flying Start services, together with developing statistics about outcomes for Flying Start children.

Key points

  • 37,628 children benefited from, that is, were in receipt of Flying Start services in Wales at any time in 2016-17, exceeding the expected numbers by 4 per cent, but showing a 2 per cent fall on the number of children in receipt of services in 2015-16 (38,269).
  • Flying Start children (on the health visitor caseload) of all ages up to age 4 were seen an average of 7.0 times during 2016-17 by health visitors and members of the wider health team, slightly less than in 2015-16 (7.4 contacts per child).
  • 88 per cent of offers of childcare in a Flying Start childcare setting were taken up during 2016-17, a small rise since 2015-16 (86 per cent).
  • 83 per cent of children in all Flying Start areas (i.e. pre-expansion areas and expansion areas) reached, exceeded or were within 1 age band of their developmental norms at age 2 years while 55 per cent reached or exceeded their milestones at this age, an improvement since 2015-16 (82 per cent and 53 per cent respectively).
  • 81 per cent of children in all Flying Start areas (i.e. pre-expansion areas and expansion areas) reached, exceeded or were within 1 age band of their developmental norms at age 3 years while 51 per cent reached or exceeded their milestones at this age, a slight decrease since 2015-16 (82 per cent and 51 per cent respectively).
  • There was a small decrease in the percentage of children assessed in the recommended age window, i.e. within a window of one month of their 2nd or 3rd birthdays.
  • 94 per cent of children aged 3 and living in Flying Start areas were on roll at a maintained school (2016), a small increase from 93 per cent in 2015.
  • 34 per cent of babies born to mothers living in Flying Start areas were fed any breast milk at 10 days old, compared to 49 per cent of those in non-Flying Start areas (2015).
  • 82 per cent of children living in Flying Start areas were fully immunised by their 4th birthday (2016-17), a slight decrease from 83 per cent in 2015-16.
  • Flying Start areas have a lower prevalence (71 per cent) of healthy weight children than non-Flying Start areas (75 per cent) (2014/15 and 2015/16).

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 5039
Email: stats.healthinfo@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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