THE STROUD MP invited local childminder Tina Pipe to Downing Street to be honoured in the Community Childcare Champions reception.

The event – hosted by children’s minister David Johnston – singled out people from across the country who have helped give ‘every child the best start in life’.

MP Siobhan Baillie nominated Tina, based in Stonehouse, to go through the famous black door for her work looking after children in the area.

Tina said: "It was an honour to be nominated and to attend the Community Childcare Champions held at 10 Downing Street. 

“It was lovely to meet so many others who, like myself, are passionate about improving the childcare world. 

Stroud News and Journal: MP Siobhan Baillie with Stonehouse childminder Tina Pipe outside Downing Street

“I would like to thank Siobhan for all the hard work and dedication she has shown towards childminders and the childcare profession.

"She has lobbied for some big changes which are now starting to emerge within the industry."

Siobhan added: “I was proud to take Tina to Downing Street where she was officially thanked for the important work she does.

“Childcare is a vital part of the country’s services and one I have worked hard to improve through an extension of free childcare hours and making sure childminders are recognised for the brilliant work they do.

“People like Tina are unsung heroes who care deeply about their work.

"These early years experts give children and families the very best start in life.

“I am chuffed she enjoyed it.

"It’s a special place to visit.”