Meet the team
My name is Lorraine and I have worked in Childcare for many years. I have been the Pre School Manager here for the past 15 years. I'm very passionate about giving the children in my care the very best start in their learning and development. I have a son who is 21 and a daughter who is 18. I am a NNEB nursery nurse.
Level 3 Practitioner
My name is Kelly, I started volunteering 11 1/2 years ago whilst studying for my Level 3 in Childcare. I was then the Preschool administrator for a period of 6 years, before returning to the preschool as a practitioner.
All of my own children have attended the Pre School and transitioned well into school.
Level 3 Practitioner
My name is Jen and i have been working at the preschool for 2 years now, I have 3 children aged 13,10 and 5 years, all of whom have attended here.
I first joined as a committee member then volunteered when my youngest son was attending. I have Level 3 Diploma in Childcare.
I enjoy working with the children, watching them learn new skills.
Level 3 Practitioner
My name is Caroline, I have been in childcare for 2 1/2 years.
I have Level 3 Diploma in Childcare. I have a son called Jamie who is 12 years old. I enjoy interacting with the children and seeing how they develop through play.
My name is Francesca. I joined Redbourn preschool in February 2020. I previously worked in a after school club. I Love working with this age group. I am a mum to 3 children.
Would you like to ...
Meet new people and make new friends?
Gain new skills and share existing skills?
Make a difference to the quality and continued success of the Pre-School?
Want to play a more active role in your local community?
Becoming a committee member for Redbourn Pre-School will give you the opportunity to fulfil all of this, and more!
As a registered charity Redbourn Pre-School is managed by a committee of parent/carer volunteers. The word ‘Committee’ can sound off putting, but we are just a group of parents with a little time to give to Pre-School. It’s not a huge commitment and you can volunteer for whatever interests you most.
Volunteering for the committee helps you to become more actively and practically involved in this aspect of your child’s life. It will also make a real difference to how the setting is managed. You will personally benefit by meeting other parents, updating existing skills and learning new ones, as well as putting something positive back into your local community. There are also long-term benefits, including the opportunity to add the skills to your CV.
The good thing is you don't need any experience to make a difference. There are lots of ways you can contribute to the committee and you can choose to give as much or as little time as you can spare.
What Do Committee Members Do?
The Pre-School committee is responsible for the overall management and smooth-running of the setting. This can mean anything from organising a fundraising event to negotiating with the landlord over the terms of the lease. The committee is the employer of staff in the 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 the setting follows health and safety, risk assessment, insurance and first aid guidance and procedures.
There are a number of roles on the committee with varying levels of responsibility and commitment. A lot of the work committees do is fun – building new partnerships with other parents and professionals, coming up with new fundraising ideas, getting exciting plans off the ground - but there are some regular jobs too. The three main roles on the committee are chair, treasurer and secretary.
Chair: Co-ordinates the work of the committee to ensure effective running of the organisation. Runs meetings, liaises with staff and authorises the work of the Treasurer.
Treasurer: Keeps the records of all the group’s financial transactions and covers three main areas: financial planning, reporting and budgeting. Submits annual return to the Charity Commission
Secretary: Organises meetings and agendas, takes minutes and ensures committee's administration is efficient.
Please speak to any of us about what’s involved in being a committee member and we’d be happy to share our experiences. Parents are only asked to contribute to the Pre-School what they feel comfortable doing – however, the Pre-School cannot legally function without a committee – we do need parents to get involved. We need new members now as current members are leaving when their children go to nursery or school.
We look forward to welcoming you!