St Mary’s Playgroup could not run without the parents that support and help us to thrive. Any successful early years setting will know the importance of parental involvement. It’s key to what we do and here is why:
Research shows that children learn best when their parents are involved. You are regarded as a member of our Playgroup and have full participatory rights. These include the right to be: valued and respected, kept informed, consulted and included at all levels. Rewarding friendships can be established by joining in community activities organised by the playgroup. Parents are very welcome to join in the session time and participate on a voluntary basis. We also welcome ideas and articles for the Playgroup Newsletter which is published every few months.
How parents are involved?
Our playgroup recognises parents/carers as the first and most important educators of their children. All of the staff see themselves as partners with parents/carers in providing care and education for their child.As a parent/carer, you are regarded as a member of our playgroup and have full participatory rights.
These are the ways in which parents/carers help to make our playgroup a warm and stimulating place:
- Exchanging knowledge about their children’s needs, interests, progress and activities with staff
- Sharing special occasions with staff often via tapestry
- Being part of the management system within playgroup via the committee
- Helping to provide resources and equipment to the playgroup used to support the children’s play and learning
- By providing support on trips to ensure high ratios are maintained and local trips can be taken
- Building relationships with other parents, by participating in playgroup activities and other community events
- Supporting playgroup in fundraising so we can provide new materials
Parents also have the opportunity to become a member of our committee. As a community based, voluntary managed setting, we depend on the good will of parents and their involvement to keep going. The playgroup is managed by a parent committee, whose members are elected by the parents of the children who attend. Elections take place at our Annual General Meeting held in November. This is open to the parents of all of the children who attend and it is our shared forum for looking back over the previous year’s activities and shaping the coming year’s plan.
Who we are?
There are key people within the committee to deal with specific areas of responsibility
The chairperson runs the meetings and acts as a spokesperson for the playgroup when necessary. They are the first point of contact the management issues and they are the registered person with OFSTED.
The secretary takes committee meeting minutes and circulate these to all members. They also provide committee members with meeting agenda prior to it taking place. They can assist in the creation of key documents and archive all correspondence as necessary.
The admission secretary deals with all enquiries relating to the intake of children and ensure that the necessary paperwork is sent out to and completed by prospective parents.
The treasurer works with committee and the business manager to ensure that the financial stability of the playgroup is maintained.
The health and safety representative works with the committee and staff to ensure that the playgroup satisfies health, safety and welfare requirements and beyond.
The fundraising and marketing team – these are the people who seek to raise the playgroup profile and plan the fun activities that both the children and wider community can enjoy.
What we do?
The committee can have up to twelve members, all of who are also trustees of the charity.
The committee is responsible for:
- Overseeing the playgroups finances
- Employing and managing the staff
- Making sure that the playgroup has and works to policies that ensure the setting a provides a high-quality service
- Making sure that the playgroup works in partnership with the children’s parents