Parent Committee

 

Southmoor Pre-school is a charity and run by current parents. It is vital for its survival to get as many parents/carers involved, either as committee members or helping us raising funds.

If you are interested in joining the committee in any way, please speak to any of our committee members or Megan – Pre-school Manager.


Trustees

Chair – Katie Underdown

I’m Katie, I have joined the Southmoor Pre-School committee as Chair. I have a 3 year-old son who has attended the pre-school since he was 2. He’s really enjoyed his time since moving from a private nursery, making lots of friends that live locally and I am grateful to the staff for the support they provide to the children and parents! It’s a valuable asset especially due to the limited child care available in the village that as a community we can’t afford not to support. 

Treasurer – Laura Pilsworth

I wanted to join the committee to give something back to the staff and pre-school who have looked after my child so well in Robins and Owls and to ensure that the pre-school continues to go from strength to strength to support the local children in their early years development.

Lindsay Hussain – Secretary

Hi, I’m Lindsay. We are new to Southmoor having moved here from Abingdon in September. The pre school have been so welcoming to both my children; Lola in Owls, and Nico in Robins. I wanted to volunteer on the committee to give time and support as the staff work so tirelessly to make the pre school a great environment for the children. It has also been a fantastic way to meet other parents, especially when groups have been so limited due to Covid. 

Mike Doran – General Member

I’m Mike Doran and I’ve been a member of the committee since my eldest daughter started in the Robins room just over two years ago. My vested interest in being part of such a fantastic local asset has continued and it’s great to be part of decisions and activities that positively impact both the incredible staff and the environment in which the children can fully benefit from.

Emily Hook – General Member

I have joined the committee for pre-school as I love to be able to help make the pre-school a great place for our children to learn. 

Jessica Ben-Haim – General Member

It’s important for me to contribute to the local community and by supporting our pre-school I can support the staff in maintaining the caring, educational and nurturing environment that they have created for our children. It is also fun to plan fundraisers and chat with other parents!

Thia Conn – General Member 

As a parent of a pre-school student at Southmoor Pre-School I am really keen to play an active role in my son’s school life and help the pre-school in any way I can in the process. It’s really nice to be involved and to know what is happening as my son attends sessions for a portion of each day. It’s also great to get to know the staff and other parents in the neighbourhood and have a sense of community.

Kate Weaving – General Member

 

Sandra Nicholas – General Member

As well as being the pre-school administrator, I also make up part of the pre-school committee. When I first moved to the village I joined the pre-school committee as the treasurer and was heavily involved with the expansion to take over what is now the Robins room. When I joined the pre-school staff, I wanted to remain on committee to help bring some continuity to the regularly changing committee personnel as well as to support the fantastic work committee do for the pre-school.

Megan Broughton – General Member

 

Why Volunteer?

  • Are you interested in learning new skills?

  • Would you like to meet new people?

  • Would you like to share your skills, time and ideas with others?

  • Have you ever wanted to improve the running of your child’s setting?

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions, the team at your child’s pre-school would love to hear from you.

 

The benefits

Research shows clear benefits for children when parents become actively involved in their child’s learning and development from an early age. Parental involvement has been recognised by the Government as being key to a child’s successful development too.

Volunteering for your pre-school’s parent-run committee offers an ideal opportunity for 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 your setting is managed.

You will personally benefit from this experience by meeting with 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 should you choose to undertake further training or decide to return to full-time, paid work in the future.