A CHILDCARE provider who has been operating her Prestatyn nursery for more than half a century has been celebrated at a special event at 10 Downing Street.

 Tina Jones opened Tiny Tots Nursery in 1972 and has been providing care for babies and children of all ages on a full- or part-time basis since then.

In recognition of the service she provides, Vale of Clwyd MP, James Davies, nominated her to attend the Local Community Childcare Champions reception at 10 Downing Street.


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Hosted by children’s minister, David Johnston, the reception honoured champions from across the UK who have helped give “every child the best start in life”.

Tina is a former Prestatyn High School pupil who has lived in the town for all of her life, and who has served on Prestatyn Town Council since 2012.

She said: "We had a lovely day. We were very honoured to be invited by James to attend this prestigious reception.

"We got to meet other childcare providers, including Kids Planet, who are based all over the country and have just ventured into Wales, so it was nice to catch up with them.

"We also got to meet and have a chat with the minister."

Before the reception, Tina and her daughter, Kirsty, were given a tour of Parliament. 

Tina added: "Although I have attended before, we both very much enjoyed going into the House of Commons and the House of Lords. 

"Overall, it was an excellent couple of days that we will both remember for many years to come."  

Dr Davies added: “Tina has dedicated the last 51 years of her life to providing an excellent childcare provision in Prestatyn and in 2016 was appointed MBE for services to childcare and early learning in Denbighshire.

“I therefore felt it only right that she was celebrated alongside childcare providers from across the country at this prestigious reception.

“Tina has created a beautiful, welcoming childcare facility which children love attending.

“She has worked hard over the years to expand and develop the nursery to meet local needs and parents feel confident leaving their children there, knowing they are receiving the best care from Tina and her team, who always go above and beyond.

“I am very proud to have such a successful nursery in my constituency and It was a privilege to welcome Tina and her daughter Kirsty, who also works at the nursery, to Parliament and to accompany them to the reception.”