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 anyway please speak to Michelle – Chair of committee or Megan – Pre-school Manager.


Trustees

Michelle Newman-  Chair  

My name is Michelle and I joined the committee in September 2019 as the chair. I love being part of the Southmoor Pre school! I enjoy helping out at lunch time and raising funds for the Pre-school, for example at the cake sales. In my spare time I enjoy long walks with my family or baking with the children.

                       

         

Geoffrey Clough  –  Treasurer            

I joined the Committee to replace Natalie Thomason who was stepping up to Chair. I have previously been Treasurer of Southmoor Pre-school when my eldest Grandson attended and am currently Treasurer of Longworth Pre-school in addition. I enjoy supporting Pre-school which is the vital first step in the education process. It is great to have such an enthusiastic Committee. My main hobby is motorcycling. I am on the committee of my local BMW Club and enjoy social riding at home and abroad. Last year I rode to Austria on our Club trip. I also enjoy watching my grandson play for Kingston Colts under 10s Football Team.

 

Other Committee Members

Philippa Kraftl – General Member

I’m Philippa Kraftl, you might know me as Leo’s mummy! I’ve joined the Committee to help support our fabulous preschool and to get involved in decisions that will impact our children and future children who will make the preschool their home away from home. It’s also a fantastic way to get to know other parents who you often don’t have time to properly chat to as you’re rushing in and out of the doors at drop-off / pick-up! In my spare time I enjoy taking my boys for nature walks, baking and the occasional evening out at the cinema (when babysitting allows!).

Natalie Johnson – General Member

I joined the committee to be involved with the pre school where my son was going, also to meet other parents. I like to help people as much as I can and so thought I could give some of my time to  support the pre school. I enjoy being on the committee as get to help out with the cake sales and fund raising events. Also to help out with the parties for the children. I love to help and meet new people. Is very rewarding. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family, baking,  socialising with friends and am an avid knitter. 🧶 I also run my own make up business 💋

Abbie Norris

Hi, my names Abbie, I’m a mummy to my 2 wonderful little boys, one of which is in Robins room and thoroughly enjoys his time in there. I enjoy socialising, shopping and spending time with my family, we love to be outside at farms, going on bike rides and generally just getting dirty!!

I joined the committee to help support the preschool with my knowledge, understanding and ideas I have in childcare, I have worked in many different nursery settings, been a Nanny for several years and now childminding from my own home. I like being part of the committee as I like to be able to help others as much as I can and the rest of the committee are lovely and also have lots of great ideas and views. I want the best for the children and staff and if I can help with that then I’m happy 🙂

Bethany Hougham – General Member

I joined the committee to have a better understanding of the decisions made about the preschool and to be part of them. I’ve really enjoyed getting to know the staff and committee members and planning fundraising and preschool activities. In my spare time I enjoy being in the garden, especially growing fruit and veg as well as spending time with friends. 

 

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.