A NUMBER of Vale projects are being given a share of £5.2m funding.

The projects are related to Flying Start schemes which support families living in some of the most disadvantaged communities across Wales.

They offer 12 and a half hours of high quality, fully funded childcare a week for children aged two to three, providing support for the development of speech, language and communication, parenting support and an enhanced health visitor service.

The funding will allow for these projects to become more Covid secure and to aid virtual communication between children and families as well as to continue their existing work.


70 projects will be funded across Wales, with three in the Vale.

Those in the Vale that will receive funding are:

• £45,000 to the Flying Start Family Centre, Barry

• £40,000 to Ladybirds and Butterflies Flying Start

• £65,000 to the Skomer Road Flying Start Office

The funding brings the total investment in Flying Start to almost £76m since 2006.

Deputy minister for health and social services, Julie Morgan, said: “I look forward to seeing the developments take shape and help support delivery of services for children and families in the areas Flying Start serves.”