Words from our Committee
Little Stars is a registered charity pre-school run by an elected committee of voluntary parents/carers, whose children attend the setting. The committee work very closely with staff to ensure the smooth running of the pre-school. Every year the committee is elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) usually held in October.
We solely depend on the goodwill of our parents/carers, as without their continued support and commitment we would not be able to operate.
Each voluntary member of the committee bring with them different skills that are invaluable to the running of pre-school. Both Mums & Dads are equally welcome to join and no previous experience is required. Signing up can make a huge difference to the staff and children of Little Stars!
There are different levels of involvement within the committee and it depends on the individual as to how involved you would like to be.
By simply being a member, you’d be invited to attend meetings that are held each term, during which you’d become part of the team assisting in decision making and contributing towards fundraising ideas for the pre-school.
There are also more defined roles within the committee that require a little more involvement, these are;
Acts as the nominated person for Ofsted purposes
Co-ordinates the work for and supports the committee
Assists both the secretary and treasurer with their duties.
Assists the administrator in managing the pre-school finances.
Supports the staff in managing the day to day running of the pre-school ensuring policies and procedures are adhered to.
Organises fundraising events.
Chairs all meetings.
Works closely with the Chair.
Liaises with committee members.
Organises fundraising and other events.
Organises meetings, prepares and circulates agendas, takes minutes and circulates them when complete.
Works alongside the administrator assisting with any relevant financial duties.
Reads financial reports at meetings.
There are many positives in becoming part of the committee; research shows clear benefits for children when parents become actively involved in their child’s learning and development from an early age. Parental involvement and working in partnership with the staff has been recognised by the government as being key to a child’s successful development too. Volunteering for your pre-school’s committee offers an ideal opportunity for you to become more actively involved in this aspect of your child’s life and can make a difference in how it is managed.
On a personal level, it allows you to meet other parents, make new friends and give something positive to your local community
Opportunities are available to update existing skills as well as learn new ones, which can be extremely beneficial when returning to paid work in the future.