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National evaluation of Flying Start

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  • Release date: 8 February 2017
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.

Latest reports

Educational outcomes

Release date: 8 February 2017

There are two main aims of this evaluation:
  • to develop an analytical approach to evaluating Flying Start using existing datasets
  • to attempt to determine if living in a Flying Start area is related to educational outcomes.

The analysis in this report is based upon data from the National Pupil Database (NPD). The focus of the analysis is therefore upon an examination of the relative attendance and educational outcomes of children located in Flying Start areas.

Qualitative Research with Flying Start Families: Wave 2 report

Release date: 31 January 2017

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

This report presents the findings from the second year of fieldwork comprising 72 interviews with families and six interviews with Flying Start coordinators and staff. It describes parents’ experiences of Flying Start and identifies their perceived outcomes for themselves and their families.


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