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Dame Angela Watkinson teaches Hornchurch youngsters about community

PUBLISHED: 11:08 21 July 2015 | UPDATED: 11:08 21 July 2015

Children: Austin-Jared (known as AJ), aged four, Hannah Thomas, aged seven, Nathan Olufemi, aged seven, Noah Olufemi, aged five with Jo Thomas and Dame Angela Watkinson

Children: Austin-Jared (known as AJ), aged four, Hannah Thomas, aged seven, Nathan Olufemi, aged seven, Noah Olufemi, aged five with Jo Thomas and Dame Angela Watkinson

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A childminder invited her MP round to talk to the youngsters in her care about their communnity.

As part of new Ofsted requirements for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), childminders must teach children seven areas of learning.

They are communication and language, physical development, personal, social and emotional development, literacy, mathematics, understanding the world and expressive arts and design.

So Jo Thomas was delighted when Hornchurch and Upminster MP Damge Anglea Watkinson responded positively to her letter asking her to visit her home in Berkeley Drive, Hornchurch.

She said: “It was great for parents and neighbours to be able to show their MP the ways they encourage children’s learning and development throughout the year.”

“I was also able to stress how important investment in professional development is in helping the childcare workforce meet its own aspirations.”

Dame Angela Watkinson DBE MP said: “I felt a very lovely atmosphere all around the setting and I was pleased to be able to visit one of our local registered childminders to raise awareness of the work that registered childminders do to promote children’s early learning in their settings.

My visit to her home presented a great opportunity to celebrate all those in the childcare industry who provide such high-quality care and education for our young ones.”


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