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Flying Start is part of our early years programme for families with children under 4 years of age living in disadvantaged areas of Wales.
We are committed to making the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) a reality for all children and young people in Wales.
Practitioner with young children

Early Years is one of the 5 cross cutting priorities in Prosperity for All – the National Strategy.

The Vision, as set out in Prosperity for All – the National Strategy is:   

We want children from all backgrounds to have the best start in life. Our aim is that everyone will have the opportunity to reach their full potential and maximise their chances of leading a healthy, prosperous and fulfilling adulthood, enabling them to participate fully in communities, the workplace, and contribute to the future economic success of Wales.

There is substantial evidence to suggest that delivering the right support for all children, particularly those from deprived backgrounds, is the best means of breaking the poverty cycle, and raising the aspiration and attainment for everyone. This underpins our central ambition of creating prosperity for all, reducing inequality, and promoting well-being. Investing in early years is an investment in the economy and workforce of the future.

If you need further information please email earlyyears@gov.wales.