Flying Start for new scheme to aid parents

Flying Start launched at conference
Flying Start launched at conference

Luton’s primary prevention and early intervention strategy, Flying Start, was launched at a conference at the University of Bedfordshire. 
It aims to deliver changes on how support is offered from pregnancy to a child’s fourth birthday.
The Pre-school Learning Alliance led the initiative, with a number of organisations also involved. They have developed a variety of programmes and schemes for staff.

A key training programme, Five To Thrive, was also launched at the event.
Practitioners are trained to support parents to practise five key activities with their baby – respond, cuddle, relax, play and talk.
These activities help the bond between parent and child and support their brain develop.
Councillor Waheed Akbar said: “At the heart of our Flying Start proposals are parents and the community, who are central to shaping and improving how we deliver services.”