Meet the Committee...
Co-Chair: Annie Bartley
I'm mum to two boys, the youngest of whom has just transitioned from Pre-school to primary school. I live in Uppingham and though currently a stay-at-home mum, my background is teaching.
Secretary: Jane Kendrick
I’m Jane, I’ve recently taken on role as Committee secretary and am enjoying supporting the preschool and am excited that though this I am able I have a proactive influence on my sons time at Belton Pre-school.
Committee Member: Kyria Wright
Hello, I'm Kyria. I currently have a girl who will be joining pre-school in the months to come, my son has started Primary school having transitioned from Belton Pre-school. I have lived in the village for seven years. I was a Design & Technology teacher before having my little boy, so have an understanding of the education system.
Committee Member: Abby Dainty
My name is Abby and I am delighted to be part of the Belton pre-school committee. My eldest son started here at the beginning of 2018 and my youngest has followed in his big brother’s footsteps. I am part of the fundraising/ marketing team and we welcome any ideas from fellow parents! Along with the rest of the committee, I hope to make a difference, so that our children continue to have such a wonderful place to spend their early years. ‘
Committee Member: Ali Perkins
Hi, I'm Ali. I am the Safeguarding Lead on the committee. My two daughters currently attend Leighfield in Uppingham, where we have lived for 14 years - so a long way off being classed as locals! I am a secondary school drama teacher and I'm hoping my experience of the education system can be of benefit to the pre-school.
Upcoming Events for 2020
Please look out for upcoming events
Belton Pre-school is a registered charity which is run by a voluntary trustee committee of parents and carers. The Committee is responsible for the overall leadership, governance and financial stability of the Pre-school and for ensuring that it complies with relevant legal regulations. As part of this, the Committee will provide direction on the Pre-school's policies, manage and engage staff, and organise fundraising and organising social events. The responsibility for the implementation of the policies and the day-to-day running of the setting rests with qualified professionals, namely the Manager (Kathryn Pullan) and her team of staff.
The Committee meets half-termly, unless more frequent meetings are required. Good communication between the Committee, parents and staff is crucial to the smooth running of the Pre-school. At least one member of staff attends each Committee meeting and we canvass parent feedback through questionnaires (once or twice a year) and on a more informal verbal basis more regularly. We also organise an Annual General Meeting (AGM) in the Autumn term for all parents to attend. This is when the committee for the following year is elected. Fundraising events occur throughout the year.
The Pre-school is a member of the Pre-school Learning Alliance (PLA), which is a support network and provides all registered Pre-schools with help and advice for all areas of work. The way in which we run ourselves as a committee is governed by our Constitution (PLA 2011) which is on the notice board at pre-school.
Being a member of the pre-school committee is an enjoyable and worthwhile experience, giving you as a parent/ guardian a greater involvement in the vitally important early stages of your child/ children's education. If you think you may like to join the committee at any stage in the year, please contact any of the committee in person, email us or speak to Kathryn.
Members' pledge: As a member of the committee we ask you to sign a members' pledge this ensures that we are all aware of our roles, responsibilities and expectations.
Our policies and procedures:
Running a pre-school requires planning and that is governed by our Policies and Procedures and operational plan which are reviewed annually. Our Policies and Procedures aim to reflect OFSTED's national standards whilst serving as a constant reminder to all of the standards our pre-school is working to achieve.
A full list of Belton Pre-School's policies and procedures is available to view in detail in our office.
As a committee, we focus a lot of our effort on fundraising to fund specific projects which will enhance the children’s learning opportunities and improve their environment. In previous years this has included- addition of a decking area to bring the classroom outside, new children's toilets and most recently- changes indoors to create a free-flow environment. We also do general fundraising each year to cover costs such as building maintenance. Regular events include our summer fete, quiz night and regular cake stalls!