Flying Start is Luton’s pregnancy to five strategy. It aims to improve outcomes for children from pregnancy to their 5th birthday as a foundation to a healthy future. Flying Start interventions build on both national and international evidence. They focus on the very earliest years of a child’s life, starting in pregnancy with the aim of early intervention improving children’s outcomes and future life chances.
Flying Start aims to ensure that all young children in Luton will have a Flying Start. However it has a particular focus on those babies and children who are born in areas of the town with the highest levels of disadvantage and poorer outcomes. What we also know about health inequalities is that women from marginalized communities experience poor birth outcomes (Black women 5 times more likely to die and Asian women are twice more likely to die than white women- BBC Link). Flying Start will work to ensure these babies are given the very best start in life, reducing the impact of disadvantage on their future life chances.
Getting fathers involved is also a focus with Flying Start. Fathers today spend much more time with their young children than they did 30 years ago. Research shows that fathers play a crucial role in young children’s development and that the early years are particularly important.