Brecon visit is child's play for Welsh minister

By Twm Owen in Local People

WELSH Government minister Carl Sergeant has helped celebrate the opening of a pre-school scheme in Brecon.

Priory Pre-School Flying Start, which is based at Priory School, is funded by the Welsh Government’s Flying Start programme.

Mr Sergeant cut a cake with the two and three-year-olds from the St John ward around Brecon Cathedral who attend the scheme.

The cabinet secretary for communities and children said: "It’s noisy and I love it because it means it’s really busy and that’s really good."

Donna Dunn, the play leader at Priory Pre-School, said any children from defined post codes in the St John ward can attend the scheme.

Flying Start is a Welsh Government’s targeted early years programme for families with children under four years of age living in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Wales.

The pre-school provides free part time childcare, enhanced health visiting service, access to parenting support, and support for speech language and communication.

The play leader said: "We have all the services under one roof. Families are supported by health visitors from pre-birth who make them aware of the support available in Flying Start areas."

Labour councillor for St John, Cllr Matthew Dorrance, who chairs the local board of trustees, said: "The Flying Start staff at Priory Pre-School and the school’s headteacher have worked incredibly hard to get this scheme up and running and I pay tribute to their vision and commitment.

"I’m really looking forward to seeing the positive impact Priory Pre-School will have on children and families in St John ward."

The Flying Start programme has been running at Priory Church in Wales School since October having previously operated from the nearby St John Family Centre.

The Welsh Government has supported the creation of five new childcare settings in Flying Start areas across Powys since 2012.