SEVERAL primary schools in Swansea which deliver education and other support for children under four years old are in line for an upgrade.

Council chiefs have applied for £104,000 of Welsh Government funding to refurbish seven schools which deliver the Flying Start programme.

Flying Start operates in certain areas of Swansea and aims to support parents with children under four to help give their child the best start in life. It now helps around 3,000 youngsters.

The £104,000 bid has now been approved by the council’s external funding panel.

Welcoming the bid deputy council leader councillor Clive Lloyd said: “The early years are absolutely critical.”

If all goes to plan the £104,000 will be spent on the Flying Start school settings most in need of upgrades.

They comprise venues in Townhill, Penderry, Uplands and Castle in the city centre.

Revenue funding for day-to-day Flying Start costs has already been committed.

The Welsh Government has spent well over £600m on Flying Start in Wales since 2006.

The counci’s external funding panel has also accepted a £76,620 Welsh Government grant to help lower the number of children entering care.

Measures to support this will be rolled out during the current financial year.

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