A little bit about how we operate

Pre-schools are managed in a partnership between the staff and the committee. The Pre-school Committee is responsible for the overall management and smooth running of Pre-school. This can mean anything from organising a summer fundraising event to negotiating with a landlord over the terms of a lease or setting up a mortgage. The Committee is the employer of all staff at Pre-school so has overall responsibility for recruiting, training and developing staff, paying their salaries, and managing their contracts of employment.  The Committee also has responsibility for things like developing a business plan, managing the daily accounts and, working with staff, ensuring Pre-school follows health and safety, risk assessment, insurance and first aid guidance and procedures.

  • The Pre-school staff team are highly qualified, early years education experts and are employed by the committee to deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum (EYFS) to the children in our care helping us to achieve our overall purpose on a day-to-day basis. The EYFS promotes the welfare and development of young children from birth to 5 years old and represents a baseline of quality which is intended to underpin continuous improvement and quality. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow the EYFS including pre-schools, nurseries and school reception classes.
  • The Pre-school Committee is vital to the overall management of the Pre-school. As well as being responsible for employing the staff to run the setting, the Committee members are also the charity trustees of the Pre-school.

Why join the Pre-school Committee?

At Oatlands Pre-school we actively encourage parents/carers to become involved in Pre-school life. It is widely recognised through research, the vital role parents have in supporting their children’s learning and development. A lot of the work that Committee does is fun and includes building new partnerships with other parents and professionals, coming up with new fundraising ideas, getting exciting plans off the ground and much more.

The Pre-school Committee is made up of elected parent/carer volunteers. The word ‘Committee’ can sound off-putting, but we are really a friendly group of parents with a little time to give to help run Pre-school. It’s not a huge commitment as we work together as one team to help deliver our vision.

We have many volunteering opportunities here at Pre-school and offer a variety of roles.  You can use your existing skills or even develop new ones through training – which ever option you choose we will be there to help and support you.

In a Nutshell:

The role of the Committee is one of responsibility, trust and strategic planning to ensure the effective management of Pre-school.

The committee works hand in hand with the Pre-school Manger and staff to ensure the smooth running of the Pre-school. We hold half-termly meetings to plan fundraising events, check the budget remains on track and ensure that the needs of all children and staff are being met. It’s a great way to get to meet other parents over a cup of tea!

Not only is being part of the committee a truly valuable role, it is also hugely rewarding and great fun. You can gain a real insight into what goes on behind the scenes at Pre-school as well as using the opportunity to have a genuine impact on your child’s early year’s education.

How it works:

Usually you join the Committee for a minimum of a year at the AGM, we hold our Annual General Meeting (AGM) in May where volunteers for the new Committee are sought. The Committee requires at least five members and a maximum of twelve, though there are always opportunities for non-committee members to get involved. By holding our AGM in May we are able to offer an in-depth transition period for the outgoing and incoming committees to share information, handover responsibilities and ensure there are no skills gaps as we look to forward to the next academic year.

Here are 10 really, really, really good reasons to give joining the committee a go:

  1. To support your child’s early education/play
  2. To keep our Pre-school going for generations to come
  3. To improve the quality of the setting
  4. To meet other parents/carers
  5. To become a Charity Trustee
  6. To put something back into the local community
  7. To access personal development and training opportunities
  8. To share your skills
  9. To build up your CV and experience
  10. To have your say!

If you have any questions about the committee, how it works, how to join in, how much time is involved, how your skills could be used please get in touch with us by emailing;

A brief note from your Chairperson

Finally, a brief note from our current Chairperson,Geri:

“Since joining the committee as Chair in July 2015 I have really enjoyed being part of the Pre-school team and helping the charity to grow.  Oatlands Pre-school offers an essential foundation to the children and families of the local community.  It is a fantastic way to be involved in my child’s early education and I feel privileged to be part it.”