The pre-school is managed by a parent management committee, whose members are elected by parents of the children who attend the pre-school. The elections take place at the Annual General Meeting, which is held in the Autumn Term.
Members generally serve on the committee whilst they have a child or children at pre-school, moving on when their children start school, so of course we constantly need new members. Getting involved when your child starts at the pre-school is a great way to get to know the other parents, and to have some control of what happens at the pre-school.
There are a variety of positions on the committee - usually one to suit everyone! Please feel free to discuss the various roles with existing committee members, and to attend committee meetings, which are generally held every term (6 times a year), to get a feel for how things run before taking up a position.
Committee meeting minutes can be found here
The committee is responsible for:
The Annual General Meeting is open to the parents of all of the children who attend the pre-school, and at least one parent or carer from each child’s family is requested to attend. It is their forum for looking back over the previous year's activities and shaping the coming year's activities.
The committee of parents devote time and energy into making sure that the pre-school runs smoothly, to budget and to ensure that we have enough fundraising activities, to promote not only extra finance for the group, but to engender a positive contribution from all parents and children alike. There are advantages in having a parental committee, such as keeping the control of the pre-school with the parents of the children who attend, and keeping the costs down; we are a registered charity, and as such a non-profit making organisation. It is a condition of attending the pre-school that parents and/or carers make a positive contribution to fundraising events and activities. We are a small group, and as such we need support from every child’s parents.
Despite the fact that we now employ a pre-school Business Manager, a parent management committee is still required, to focus on fundraising activities, and to direct the manager, who is responsible for many of the day-to-day administrative tasks.
The committee and staff communicate with parents by way of notices on the outside board, or the inside one (above the coat pegs), regular newsletters, email, text, the website and short notes if required. All notes and newsletters will be found in your child’s ‘pocket’ inside the building. Do not forget to check it every time you collect your child. You are welcome to use the 'pocket' to distribute party invitations or similar to other parents.