Cylch Meithrin Garden City provides young children with a flying start in life First Minister of Wales, Carwyn Jones said on a visit to the cylch meithrin (playgroup) on Thursday 18 September. The cylch meithrin in Sealand, Flintshire is the only Welsh-medium childcare provision available for the parents in the area.
Mudiad Meithrin and the Welsh Government’s Flying Start programme, which provides free quality childcare for 2-3 year olds in disadvantaged areas, have worked closely together to provide the facility.
The First Minister said:
“Flying Start is one of the Welsh Government’s top priorities. It provides children and parents in some of our most disadvantaged communities with the best possible start in life.
“It was good to see how this facility provides childcare through the medium of Welsh, which is very positive for the Welsh language in Flintshire.”
Mudiad Meithrin and Flying Start have been working in partnership over recent years to ensure the success of this Welsh-medium provison in an area that is so close to the English border. Children who are eligible for Flying Start and are between the ages of 2-3 will be able to attend the provision for free. The cylch meithrin is open every morning from 9.15-11.45, Monday-Friday, as well as in the afternoons 12.15 – 14.45, and can accommodate up to 16 children aged 2-3 years old.
Dr Gwenllian Lansdown Davies, Mudiad Meithrin’s new Chief Exective was also present to welcome Carwyn Jones on his visit.
“I was happy to welcome Carwyn Jones to experience some of our ground work in cylch meithrin Garden City. The Mudiad is extremely proud to have been able to play a prominent part in the growth and development of Welsh-medium care and education in this area. The fact that a Welsh-medium school has recently opened its doors in Shotton will ensure that the next natural stage for children attending the cylch meithrin is to progress into primary Welsh-medium education, enabling them to become fluent in Welsh.”
Flying Start facilities offer free quality childcare for 2-3 year olds, parenting support, an enhanced health visitor service and help for early language development. They help families to look after their children’s health and well being.
Councillor Christine Jones, Cabinet Member for Social Services said:
“The Flying Start programme in Flintshire provides a much needed service to our communities of greatest need. As a Council we are fully committed to providing early years facilities and Welsh-medium childcare with children being one of the Council’s priority groups.
“Many families who would like to learn Welsh benefit from the cylch meithrin at Garden City programme which offers Welsh-medium childcare and access to a range of support services for eligible children and parents including parenting support, early language development and an enhanced health visiting service.”