Early Years programme launched to boost life chances of capital’s kids

Childcare providers in Enfield have been urged to sign-up to the Mayor’s new Healthy Early Years London awards programme, by local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM.

The programme, which was launched by the Mayor of London today, is designed to help children whose early years development has been placed at a disadvantage, due to the economic and health inequalities that exist in the capital.

Nurseries, children’s centres, playgroups and childminders participating in the scheme will work closely with children and their families to encourage healthy eating, active lifestyles, regular reading habits and the development of crucial life skills.

Childcare providers are eligible to receive awards ranging from ‘first steps, bronze, silver and gold’, as they proceed through each level of the programme.

Ms McCartney AM attended the launch of the programme at Acacia pre-school and children’s centre in Merton.

Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“All children deserve the best possible start in life to ensure they are ready and fully equipped for the world of education and beyond. Sadly, many are being deprived of this due to the stark economic and health inequalities that exist in our capital.

“It is incredibly important that we invest in the social and emotional wellbeing, and health, of our children from a young age to ensure that the next generation of Londoners grow up to have equal access to all the opportunities that the capital has to offer.

“This is why I am urging local childcare providers to sign-up to this programme”.