Sue Robb of 4Children talks to Julie Laughton and Alison Britton from the Department for Education about the role of childminders in delivering the 30 hours free entitlement.
Richmond-upon-Thames council has been awarded the Member Development Charter.
The award recognises the work by councils to provide councillors with the support, skills and training they need to develop and to manage their local authority’s budgets and services.
Richmond council introduced initiatives including giving new councillors experience as assistant cabinet members to prepare them for senior roles and taking councillors on site visits to see buildings constructed after granting planning permission.
Also, scrutiny committee members visiting other boroughs to learn different approaches to dealing with a range of issues
Chairman of London Councils, Councillor Merrick Cockell said: "Richmond council has worked very hard to introduce ways of providing support to its members and helping them to develop their skills and knowledge."
"This not only benefits the councillors themselves, but also ensures that their residents receive the best possible leadership and services from their local council."
Daniel Gillett from urges the government seize the opportunities e-cycles offer by helping to make them a more realistic way of travelling for more people