Children in costumes animate Morden Hall Park

Merton Council transformed Morden Hall Park into a fantasy world to mark National Childminding Week (14 – 21 June). More than 100 under fives gathered this morning dressed up as book and nursery rhyme characters and took part in fun events like face painting, story telling, balloon modelling and arts and crafts.

The event was for all childminders and families with a young child in Merton and was part of the National Childminding Week 2008, which raises awareness of the valuable work childminders do and celebrates the contribution they make to family lives.

To mark the National Year of Reading, this year’s Childminding Week events are taking inspiration from books – so children were invited to come dressed as book characters to the Morden Hall Park event.

Councillor Debbie Shears, Cabinet member for Children’s Services, present at the event, said: ‘Merton Council is putting its residents first by celebrating the important role childminders play in giving children the very best start in life, as well as helping parents balance the demands of work and family life.’

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