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”.

Joanne Welcomes Mayor’s Stepping Stones Programme Launch

In response to the Mayor’s announcement that Oasis Academy Hadley in Enfield and Heartlands High School in Haringey will receive a portion of his ‘Young Londoners Fund’ to set up a Stepping Stones programme, aimed at helping the most vulnerable local pupils with the transition to secondary school, local London Assembly Member Joanne McCartney AM said:

“The transition between primary and secondary school can be a difficult and testing time for some children. However, with the extra helping hand that the Stepping Stones programme and summer school provides, it can also empower the most vulnerable young Londoners to make the leap to a higher level of academic and personal independence.

“In the wake of sustained government cuts that have decimated our capital’s youth services, the summer school also offers invaluable free, educational activities during the holidays, preparing children for a good start at secondary school, as well as on-going mentoring support through the year.

“The Mayor has clearly acknowledged the importance of early intervention, taking swift and stringent action to play his part in tackling inequality in our communities by introducing his £45m Young Londoners Fund.

“On the other hand, we have seen the Government treat this as a less urgent priority, having so far failed to allocate any of their £22 million Early Intervention Fund. This amount is a drop in the ocean when compared the level of damage that has been done by their callous programme of austerity”.

Joanne Welcomes School Air Quality Audit

Welcoming the announcement that Lordship Lane Primary School, Holy Trinity CofE Primary School and Welbourne Primary School in Haringey and Bowes Primary School and Meridian Angel Primary School in Enfield will be included in the Mayor of London’s air quality audit, Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, said:

“There is a lot of evidence showing that air quality can have a long-term detrimental impact on the health of our children. It’s great to see that the Mayor is taking genuine steps to tackle the impact of toxic air on children in Enfield & Haringey, and I hope this audit is just the start.

“I welcome further measures taken by the Mayor to clean up the capital’s air, including the introduction of the T-charge and plans to extend the Ultra-Low Emission Zone. We now need the government to follow his lead and take steps to tackle London’s toxic air, not least by introducing a new Clean Air Act and a diesel scrappage scheme.”

Joanne McCartney AM celebrates Haringey’s food growing pupils at City Hall

School children from Rokesly Junior School visited City Hall last week to celebrate food growing schools in London. Rokesly Junior School, who were welcomed by Local London Assembly Member, Joanne McCartney AM, took home a prize for the most enterprising product with their pumpkin chutney and marmalade. The Schools Marketplace at City Hall is in its fourth year and enables school children across London to sell produce that they have grown at school. Continue reading “Joanne McCartney AM celebrates Haringey’s food growing pupils at City Hall”

Joanne McCartney AM assumes responsibility for education and childcare

On the day that thousands of schoolchildren around London receive their GCSE results, Sadiq Khan announced that Joanne McCartney, Statutory Deputy Mayor of London and Assembly Member for Enfield and Haringey will extend her statutory brief to include education and childcare. Continue reading “Joanne McCartney AM assumes responsibility for education and childcare”