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  • Release date: 27 March 2018
  • Period covered: 1 April to 31 December 2017
An annual report and termly updates which present a statistical summary of the service.

Key points as at end of Term 2: 1 April to 31 December 2017

  • 32,567 children had benefited from, that is, were in receipt of Flying Start services in Wales at some point from 1 April 2017 until the end of the period (31 December 2017). The children seen to date in the year represents 90 per cent of the expectations for the year as a whole.
  • Overall 25 per cent of children aged under 4 in Wales were on Flying Start Health Visitor caseloads.
  • Flying Start children (on the health visitor caseload) of all ages up to age 4 were seen an average of 5.1 times during the year to date either by health visitors or members of the wider health team.
  • 95 per cent of children newly eligible for childcare in a Flying Start childcare setting received an offer during the year to date. Take up of childcare places is not reported at this stage as this figure is likely to be under estimated at this point in the year. This is because the process for some local authorities means that take up for children receiving an offer in a given term cannot be ascertained until that place is formally attended (in the following term).


Please note that this is unvalidated management information relating to data received up to 1 March 2018, and is provided to give an update on the programme as the year is progressing. The data is felt to be of sufficient value at a Wales level to be presented here, but local authority data continue to be validated throughout the year and are not included.

The full year’s data will be released on a validated and more detailed basis for the whole of 2017-18 in the July 2018 statistical release, including the data for individual local authorities. When the complete year picture is available, data may be revised as appropriate.


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