Flying Start

Language and Play (LAP)

We have tried to provide a pathway of support that will help families learn together from the start. We aim to offer support and advice that will benefit your children and help their language, communication and social skills through a range of fun and exciting activities for all to enjoy.


Baby LAP: is for parents and carers with children from 6 weeks to 1 year old and is usually provided as a follow on from Baby Massage. The programme runs for 6 weeks bringing together an understanding of early language development and sharing ideas to help support your baby to meet their developmental milestones.

The programme is based around the following themes:

  • Baby chatter
  • Treasure baskets
  • Babies love music
  • Nursery rhymes
  • Sharing books and stories

Each week there will be an opportunity to make a craft item and take it home with you. This group is a great way to have fun with your baby and meet new parents in your area.


LAP Parent & Toddler Groups - Open Access (open to all) 

These groups run in all Flying Start areas and are for parents and carers and their children aged 0 to 3 years of age offering an opportunity to meet other parents and young children sharing ideas to support you to promote your child's development in an informal environment.

In our groups we provide opportunities for babies and children to play and explore in a safe and secure area, a different craft activity each week, snack time for the children, stories, music and songs.  

Parents and carers remain with, and are responsible for their children throughout each session.


LAP Programme

Is a short programme for parents and carers who have young children aged 0 - 3 years. It aims to share ideas and activities over six sessions and focuses on communication, language, literacy and play. It encourages parents to realise how important they are to their child education by giving parents the confidence to sing, talk, share a story and play together every day.

Talk with me, Play with me, Sing with me, Read with me..... then I'll know what it's all about!   

For more information and to find out where our groups are held speak to your health visitor or ring the Flying Start office.

ID: 1847, revised 16/01/2018