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Early learning programmes

​​Find out about some of the work going on across the city to help support children and their families.


Flying Start offers a range of services to families with children up to 3 years 11 months living in some parts of Cardiff.  Visit the Flying Start website​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window for more information and to see if you are eligible.

This is a six-week course designed to support parents or carers and their children.


The course focuses on communication, language and literacy through the medium of play and is based around the following themes:


  • the importance of talking to children,
  • everyday routines,
  • out and about,
  • books and stories,
  • songs and rhymes, and
  • pre-writing skills.


The course is delivered within all Flying Start areas​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window for families with children up to 3 years 11 months and is free to join. 


Language and Play is run within many schools for nursery aged children and some reception classes. 


If you would like more information on the course, please contact us. 


A primary school programme which aims to improve the reading, writing and maths skills of children and their parents or carers. 


The programme helps parents to know more about their child’s school work and be able to support them at home with more confidence.  

Courses range from four sessions up to one day a week for one school term and are free to schools and parents.

Parents and carers may be able to get a nationally recognised certificate for taking part. 


For more information, please contact


There are also a number of children’s play centres and schemes across Cardiff for children of all ages, offering a variety of activities from arts and crafts to sports and games.

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