A new childcare service in Brecon has been officially opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Communities and Children, Carl Sargeant.
The pre-school at Priory Church in Wales Primary School is one of five new Flying Start childcare settings across Powys.
Flying Start is the Welsh Government’s targeted early years programme for families with children under four years of age living in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Wales.
It provides free part time childcare for 2-3 year olds; and enhanced health visiting service; access to parenting support, and support for speech language and communication.
Carl Sargeant said:
“I am delighted to officially open Priory pre-school and to meet some of the staff, parents and children. It has been particularly pleasing to hear details of the real difference Flying Start and other programmes are making to the lives of children and their families living in Brecon.
“Powys received a revenue grant of over £1.8 million this year and I have protected funding levels for next year to enable us to maintain the service. Since 2012, Powys has also benefited from almost £200,000 capital funding which has helped to create five new childcare settings across its Flying Start areas.
“My congratulations and thanks go to everyone involved in making this a success and for ensuring families and children continued to receive services during this challenging period.”