Truancy fines used 'in last resort', says Carwyn Jones
The parents of truant school children will only be fined "in the last resort", Carwyn Jones has said.
First Minister Mr Jones said parents would be helped to get their children to school before fines are imposed.
The Welsh government plans to introduce fixed penalty notices for the parents of persistent truants, eight years after they were introduced in England.
It breaks with previous Welsh Labour governments which said fines did not fit their "inclusion policies".
Education Minister Leighton Andrews has ordered officials to draw up regulations on fixed penalty notices.
Ministers have previously resisted bringing in the fines, which have been used in some parts of England since 2004.'Help'
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Government shouldn't be so rigid that nothing ever changes”
Speaking at a regular press briefing, Mr Jones said: "I think there are a small number of parents who will find themselves facing such a fine.
"I would expect everything else to be done first in order to help parents to get children to school and I would expect any kind of fine to be used very much in the last resort."
He added: "Government shouldn't be so rigid that nothing ever changes. We are a flexible government. We are also an evidence-based government."
He also stuck by his offer to welcome the UK's nuclear deterrent to Wales if the SNP government in Edinburgh forced it out of its base in Scotland.
Plaid Cymru has strongly criticised Mr Jones for saying that moving the Trident weapons system to a new home in Milford Haven could bring jobs to Wales.
"The impression has been given that somehow this was a grand plan by the Welsh government. It wasn't," he said.
"I make the point because these jobs, if the SNP have their way, would be casualties of independence."
Asked if the issue had been discussed by the cabinet, he said: "Wait and see. The cabinet minutes will be out in the appropriate timescale. You will find out then."