Flying Start is Luton’s pregnancy to five strategy. We aim 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 young children in Luton have a Flying Start. 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, as we know these families could suffer health inequalities. Flying Start, as a partnership of agencies, will work to ensure these babies are given the very best start in life, reducing the impact of disadvantage on their future life chances. With the introduction of Family Hubs in Luton we will embed the Flying Start services as part of the offer for families, particularly in the 1001 critical days which we know are the most important time for a child’s development. We will support easy access to services for our families. Outreach will form a key part of our delivery, working with our communities in Luton to make it easy to understand how to get support early.
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.