Childcare Funded by Welsh Government 

Flying Start

Flying Start is a Welsh Government programme available in certain areas to support families with children aged 0-4 years.

It promotes language, cognitive, social and emotional skills, physical development and the early identification of high needs through the delivery of health support, parenting groups, early language support and free part-time childcare.

If you live within the set catchment area, you are eligible to access these services.

Areas 

Within Bettws we have two provisions for families and children these are Little Olives at Millbrook Primary School and Robin Goch at Monnow Primary School.

Email flying.start@newport.gov.uk with your name, address, postcode, and email address along with a brief description of your enquiry to see if your address is included as part of the areas listed above.

Childcare

Learning through play is important to young child’s development. Play improves the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children.

The ethos of our childcare is to ensure that all children have the opportunity to explore have fun and develop their creative and imaginative thoughts through free play, in a safe and caring environment with highly qualified and experienced childcare staff.

We know that children’s experience in their early years can have an impact on the rest of their lives.

We are committed to working in partnership with parents to ensure that these experiences are positive and happy for parents and children.

This will be supported by offering your child the chance to socialise with other children and to take part in a variety of activities planned to cover the key experiences for 2 to 3 year olds, which are

  • Language, Literacy and Communication
  • Personal & Social Development, Well-being and Cultural Diversity
  • Physical
  • Cognitive (Thinking Skills)

Also included in their planning will be

  • Outside play – We recognise that children require access to fresh air in order to enhance their development and the team will go outside in all weathers to gain ensure they fully gain from this experience.
  • Learning about Wales – Through simple greetings in the Welsh language and songs and stories, the children will learn about Wales.

The children have detailed activity plans produced to support your child’s learning and they will be displayed at the entrance. A copy of your child’s routine will also be displayed.

Little Olives at Millbrook

Little Olives Childcare Centre is currently managed by the Senior Practitioner Michelle Peart the setting is registered with Care Inspectorate for Wales (CIW) for 32 children aged 2 – 3 years and 12 Crèche spaces for children aged 0-5 years. The staff to child ratio is one member of staff to four children. All staff members within the team are experienced in Early Years Childcare and they have been cleared by the Disclosure Barring Service.  Each member of the team receives mandatory training as part of their employment with Newport City Council Paediatric First Aid, Emergency First Aid at Work, Food Hygiene, Fire, Health & Safety and Child Protection. All staff at the childcare centre either have a level 3 childcare qualification, level 5 childcare qualification or are working towards a qualification.

The childcare centre runs other programs for families and children, these include parenting, chatty children, and tiny talkers. The centre is also used by the ALN team and Health visitors for their groups.

We wish to give every child the opportunity to explore, have fun and develop their creative and imaginative thoughts. We aim to do this in a safe and caring environment that stimulates your child to learn through play, our playgroup has an open plan playroom where the children can learn through play in a variety of areas including role play, book corner, craft area, block play, small world area, playdough table, fine motor table and the cosy corner

The crèche room has been transformed to have 10 Flying Start childcare place. There will be around 8 children in the room and 3 staff members. Your child will have the same experiences as the children in the playgroup room and will join the children when playing outside.

We have an open-door policy to incorporate the outdoor space; so the children have free access to the garden throughout the session; our garden consists of a large play area where the children can develop their gross motor skills through riding trikes, building with blocks. We have a mud kitchen for experimenting along with a sand and water area.  Our grassed area for nature and science, this includes a bug hotel, bug city, bird feeders and a composter. We also have an apple tree which is home to many centipedes, the natural environment enables them to explore and learn through investigation. The children can also use the story chair to enjoy magical stories.

The team is not just here to care for your child. Should you have any queries yourself about the care of your child or learning opportunities for yourself whilst your child is in Playgroup, please feel free to ask. If they don’t know the answer there and then, they will certainly do their utmost to help you find the answer you are looking for.

Robin Goch at Monnow

Robin Goch Playgroup is currently managed by the Senior Practitioner Catherine Woodham the setting is registered with Care Inspectorate for Wales (CIW) for 20 children aged 2 – 3 years. All staff members within the team are experienced in Early Years Childcare and they have been cleared by the Disclosure Barring Service.  They receive the following mandatory training as part of their employment with Newport City Council Paediatric First Aid, Emergency First Aid at Work, Food Hygiene, Fire, Health & Safety and Child Protection. The Practitioners on site will be qualified to at least a Level 3 Childcare qualification and many of the assistant practitioners hold a relevant Childcare qualification or are working towards.

The staff requirement is one member of staff for every four children. The team is not just here to care for your child. Should you have any queries yourself about the care of your child or learning opportunities for yourself whilst your child is in Playgroup, please feel free to ask. If they don’t know the answer there and then, they will certainly do their utmost to help you find the answer you are looking for. We also support children with additional learning or developmental needs additional support if required. Assessments are completed with parent / carer permission to ensure that the correct support is put in place to support every child in the setting.

Transition

Children attending the Flying Start Playgroup attend transition sessions to settle them into the provision. We offer families a Welcome meeting before the children attend the sessions to familiarise themselves with the setting and the staff.

As part of transition into nursery, we work with the catchment nurseries to ensure your children’s settling period is a positive experience. To support this, we will share information on your child’s needs and skills. All paperwork that we hold on your child will be passed over to the nursery. Parents / carers are included in the process with many nurseries inviting them to their transition meetings.

Acronyms in Flying Start

ALN – Additional Learning Needs

CIW – Care Inspectorate for Wales

EIR – Early Intervention Referral

FIDO – Family Intervention Delivery Officer

FPP – Foundation Phase Profile

HV – Health Visitor

ITERS – Infant / Toddler Environment Rating Scale

LAP – Language and Play

QFA – Quality for All Assessment

 

Feedback

As a service we strive to ensure that we are providing the best possible service to the families and children attending our Playgroup sessions. We therefore are very grateful to receive any feedback to ensure that we can implement any changes that may be required.

We provide families with various avenues to provide feedback to the Playgroups individually or to Flying Start Newport as a whole. A suggestion box is available for parents / carers to write down their views or any changes they wish to see in the setting, we ask parents / carers whose children are leaving to complete a questionnaire so we can gain an understanding of their experience of the setting, generic questionnaires are sent out to receive information if our regulator requires this e.g. CIW will ask for feedback from families after an inspection.

 

Contact

Ask for the Flying Start team at Newport City Council.

Email flying.start@newport.gov.uk 

Little Olives Millbrook – 01633 414986

Robin Goch Monnow – 01633 414980

Little Olives Flying Start
Daily Routine

Morning Routine

9.00 – 9.15 am

  • Staff to bring the children into playgroup to wash their hands
  • Parents Dress their children in wet weather gear if needed before arrival

9.15am – 11.20 am

  • Free play: indoors & outdoors
  • Play to learn activities
  • focused activity

11.20am – 11.30 am

•Story time and goodbye song

•Parents invited to the end of session story and goodbye song

Rolling snack 9.00am – 9.30am

Tooth Brushing 9.30am-10am

10.30am – Busy feet (optional)

 

Afternoon Routine

 

12.30 –12.45 pm

  • Staff to bring the children into playgroup to wash their hands
  • Parents Dress their children in wet weather gear if needed before arrival

12:45pm – 2.35pm

  • Free play: indoors & outdoors
  • Play to learn activities
  • focused activity

2.50 – 3.00 pm

•Story time and goodbye song

•Parents invited to the end of session story and goodbye song

Rolling snack 12.30pm – 1pm

Tooth Brushing 1pm-1:30pm

1.30PM – Busy feet (optional)

The children have free access to outside throughout the whole session as part of the foundation phase and ITERS

One person should clean the table after tooth brushing; tables should then be set back up for the children to continue playing

 

Robin Goch Flying Start Routine

Morning session

9.00am – 9.15am Washing hands and welcome time

9.15am – 10.10am Free play inside and outside

(Including key worker activities)

10.10am – 10.25am Snack

10.25am – 11.20am Free play inside and outside

(Including key worker activities)

10:45am – 10:55am – Tooth bushing

10:55am – 11.15am Free play inside and outside

11.15am – 11.30am Goodbye time

Afternoon session

12.30pm – 12.45pm Washing hands and welcome time

12.45pm – 1:40pm Free play inside and outside

(Including key worker activities)

1:40pm – 1:55pm Snack

1:55pm – 2.15pm Free play inside and outside

(Including key worker activities)

2:15pm – 2:25pm – Tooth bushing

2:25pm – 2:45pm Free play inside and outside

2:45pm – 3:00pm Goodbye time

 

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