Findon Village Pre-School is a registered charity managed by a parent led committee of volunteers who are accountable to all of the parents for making the preschool the kind of place we want for all of our children.
The parent management committee consists of the officers’ posts (Chair, Treasurer and Secretary) and a number of other committee members. Members are elected each year at the annual general meeting (AGM) and any parent is eligible to join. All committee members are required to complete standard security checks such as EY2 and DBS.
They are responsible for:
- employing and managing the staff
- abiding by the constitution required for the charities committee
- following Ofsted regulations
- managing the preschool’s finances
- ensuring that the preschool has – and works to – policies which help it to provide a high quality service
- making sure that the Preschool works in partnership with the children’s parents.
The responsibilities that go with this can sometimes seem daunting; in a way it is like running a small business. However in addition we have the most valuable qualified staff, who ultimately manage the preschool on a day-to-day basis. The concept of the preschool is that parents are in the best position to make decisions, along with the staff, about their child’s early education and care. Being involved in this process can be very rewarding and is a great contribution to the local community. The committee hold regular meetings once a term and all parents are invited to attend these meetings.
Findon Village Preschool could not operate without the involvement of parents. Essentially, parents are needed to form the committee and without a committee the preschool would be forced to close. We accept that each parents’ circumstances are different and some people may not be able to get as involved as others, but the important thing is that everyone is prepared to do what they can. Generally the parents who take on the roles of Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer will have certain responsibilities, but there are lots of other things that people can do and the more people prepared to help means that the workload can be spread more fairly. One of the most important things is that every parent is respectful of the fact that people are doing things on a voluntary basis, usually without any prior experience or knowledge. So the general message is let’s help each other provide the best for our children!
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