Families First and Flying Start – Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice and guidance

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Last updated: June 1, 2020

Parenting tips
10 Top Tips to support parents and carers of babies and young children (suitable from birth – 4) at home. English | Cymraeg

Surveys and questionnaires

Impact of COVID-19 on the language development of infants aged 8-18 months, and aged 18-36 months

This is a Cardiff University project in connection with the outbreak of the Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) and the measures on quarantine and social distancing implemented by the UK health authorities on 23.03.2020. As parents, we are often interested in following the development of our children and finding out how much they have learned at various points in the early years of life. Understanding what children know and how they learn is also important for researchers interested in understanding their development. In this research project, we want to investigate how quarantine and social distancing can affect language development in children aged 8-36 months.


The questionnaire is for parents with children learning English as their main language, and there is going to be a follow-up questionnaire conducted when quarantine measures have ceased. Participate in the survey.

Impact questionnaire (COVID-19)

In light of the outbreak of Covid-19, we are eager to explore the extent of the likely disruption to services provided by Flying Start, Families First and the proposed piloting work due to be undertaken by Pathfinder PSBs during 2019/20 and 2020/21.


To help us gather the information we need, we have prepared a short table and some additional questions in the below document. We appreciate that planning for the short term is difficult given the changing nature of the response to the outbreak but we’d be grateful if you would provide the most up to date information you have and return it to the Flying Start mailbox.


Questionnaire English | Cymraeg

Free resources and activities for children

#NotJustForBoys Webinar: STEM Careers against COVID-19

During these challenging times, these webinars are a fun and interactive way of helping to keep girls inspired and motivated, whilst showcasing rewarding careers within STEM industries.

  • Discover what ‘a day in a life’ looks like working in a STEM industry

  • Hear how they have been working in the fight against COVID-19.

  • Be inspired by their career journeys that will inspire the future generations.

  • Have the opportunity to ask the role models any questions around their careers


In partnership with Technocamps
June 18th, 1pm - 2pm
Register here

In partnership with The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI)
July 1st, 1pm - 2pm
Register here

In partnership with The Royal Mint
July 16th, 10am - 11am
Register here

'Clwb Cylch' open Welsh playgroup sessions

Welsh language software 

Coronavirus - A book for children
Coronavirus Time Capsule - Children's activity

RSPB Cymru resources - For schools and families in lockdown

Flying Start and Families First Guidance (COVID-19)

The Coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) presents unprecedented challenges to all of our families and services. Thank you for your hard work and professionalism at this particularly challenging time. 

The below guidance document provides additional guidance on the provision of Flying Start and Families First services during this period. This guidance should be used by all those involved in the design, commissioning, and delivery of services funded through either the Flying Start or Families First programme. This includes Flying Start and Families First Coordinators, local authority service leads, and delivery partners across all relevant sectors.

Pandemig Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Mae'r pandemig Coronavirus (COVID-19) yn cyflwyno heriau digyffelyb i bob un o'n teuluoedd a'n gwasanaethau. Diolch i chi am eich gwaith caled a'ch proffesiynoldeb yn ystod y cyfnod arbennig o heriol hwn.

Mae'r dogfen amgaeëdig yn darparu canllawiau ychwanegol ar ddarparu gwasanaethau Dechrau'n Deg a Theuluoedd yn Gyntaf yn ystod y cyfnod hwn. Mae’r canllawiau hyn i bawb sy'n ymwneud â dylunio, comisiynu a darparu gwasanaethau a ariennir naill ai drwy'r rhaglen Dechrau'n Deg neu Teuluoedd yn Gyntaf. Mae hyn yn cynnwys cydlynwyr Dechrau'n Deg a Theuluoedd yn Gyntaf, arweinwyr gwasanaeth awdurdodau lleol a phartneriaid cyflenwi ar draws pob sector perthnasol.

Flying Start and Families First Covid-19 guidance English | Cymraeg

Flying Start and Families First FAQ English | Cymraeg

Guidance for the Children and Communities Grant (CCG) (COVID-19)

Guidance for the Children and Communities Grant (CCG) – COVID 19 - which is effective until 30th June 2020

Should you have any further questions please email the Flexible Funding mailbox - FlexibleFunding@gov.wales

Canllawiau ar gyfer y Grant Plant a Chymunedau (GPC) – COVID 19 – sy'n weithredol tan 30ain Mehefin 2020

Os oes gennych unrhyw gwestiynau pellach e-bostiwch y blwch Ariannu Hyblyg –AriannuHyblyg@llyw.cymru

Flying Start childcare payments (COVID-19)

The Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services has announced that both Childcare Offer and Flying Start childcare providers will continue to be paid should the service be disrupted as a result of Covid -19. More information can be found at the following website: https://gov.wales/childcare-offer-wales-payments-will-continue-even-if-children-do-not-attend-due-coronavirus

Mae'r Dirprwy Weinidog dros Iechyd a Gwasanaethau Cymdeithasol wedi cyhoeddi y bydd y Cynnig Gofal Plant a darparwyr gofal plant Dechrau'n Deg yn parhau i gael eu talu os amherir ar y gwasanaeth o ganlyniad i Covid-19. Gellir cael rhagor o wybodaeth ar y wefan ganlynol: https://llyw.cymru/taliadau-cynnig-gofal-plant-cymru-i-barhau-coronafeirws?_ga=2.54279531.297178692.1584606434-2053997592.1575903919


Urgent Minister of Education childcare update (COVID-19)

Please follow the link to a written statement issued by the Minister for Education and the Deputy Minister for Health & Social Services:



Please find a set of FAQs below that we have developed in response to the position set out in the published statement in the following link which will be updated on a regular basis.

COVID-19 childcare FAQ

Contact us: +4429 2068 8722   /   Contact@ExChangeWales.org   /  CASCADE, 1-3 Museum Place, Cardiff, CF10 3BD

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