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National evaluation of Flying Start

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  • Release date: 18 July 2018
Flying Start aims to make a decisive difference to the lives of children in the most disadvantaged communities.

It offers eligible parents free quality childcare for 2-3 year olds, parenting support, an enhanced health visitor service and support for speech, language and communication.

Messages from the reports will be used to inform the future delivery of the Flying Start programme.

Wave 3 report

This is the third and final report from a three-year qualitative research project with Flying Start parents. The aim of the research was to explore experiences and perceived impacts for families throughout their engagement with the programme.

This report presents the findings of fieldwork comprising interviews with 72 families, and with 20 ‘comparator families’ living in non-Flying Start areas. It describes parents’ experiences of Flying Start and identifies their perceived outcomes for themselves and their families.


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