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Flying Start

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  • Release date: 28 November 2018
  • Period covered: 1 April 2018 to 31 August 2018
  • Next update: July 2019
An annual report and termly updates which present a statistical summary of the service.

Term 1, 2018/19 (1 April 2018 to 31 August 2018)

Release date: 28 November 2018

Key points

  • 25,288 children had benefited from, that is, were in receipt of Flying Start services in Wales at some point from 1 April 2018 until the end of the period (31 August 2018). The children seen to date in the year represents 70 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 2.6 times during the year to date either by health visitors or members of the wider health team.
  • 97 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 as 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).

Note

Please note that this is unvalidated management information relating to data received up to 24 October 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 2018-19 in the July 2019 statistical report, including the data for individual local authorities. When the complete year picture is available, data may be revised as appropriate.

2017-18

Release date: 18 July 2018

The annual report aims to provide a statistical overview of how the programme is working by presenting statistics from a management information set. For example, the numbers of children using Flying Start services, together with developing statistics about outcomes for Flying Start children.

Key points

  • 36,869 children benefited from, that is, were in receipt of Flying Start services in Wales at any time in 2017-18. This exceeded the expected numbers by 2 per cent, but was a 2 per cent fall on the number of children in receipt of services in 2016-17 (37,628).
  • Flying Start children (on the health visitor caseload) of all ages up to age 4 were seen an average of 6.9 times during 2017-18 by health visitors and members of the wider health team, slightly less than in 2016-17 (7.0 contacts per child).
  • 87 per cent of offers of childcare in a Flying Start childcare setting were taken up during 2017-18. This is, a slight fall since 2016-17 (88 per cent).
  • 93 per cent of children aged 3 and living in Flying Start areas were on roll at a maintained school (2017). A small decrease from 94 per cent in 2016.
  • 34 per cent of babies born to mothers living in Flying Start areas were fed any breast milk at 10 days old. This is compared to 50 per cent of those in non-Flying Start areas (2016).
  • 82 per cent of children living in Flying Start areas were fully immunised by their 4th birthday (2017-18), no percentage change since 2016-17.
  • Flying Start areas have a lower prevalence (71 per cent) of healthy weight children than non-Flying Start areas (74 per cent) (2015-16 and 2016-17).

Contact

Statistician
Tel: 0300 025 1646
Email: stats.healthinfo@gov.wales

Media
Tel: 0300 025 8099

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