Management Committee

Peasmarsh Flying Start Pre-School is a registered charity, number 1124108. The objectives of our charity are to advance the pre-school education of children in Peasmarsh and the surrounding area by providing a safe, stimulating and appropriate environment for learning and to encourage parents and carers to become involved.

The Pre-School previously operated in the Peasmarsh Memorial Hall but we opened in our present format in September 2006 when we moved to our current site. Our facilities were purpose built with Sure Start funding. We do not have to pay rent for the building, but all other overheads plus investment must be paid for by Pre-School fees and fundraising activities.

Operation of the Pre-School is governed by a Constitution. In summary, all key decisions are made by a Committee which is made up of parents. The Committee meets every six to eight weeks and holds an Annual General Meeting.

Any parents or carers are very welcome to nominate themselves for the Committee. All you need to do is attend a Committee meeting, volunteer your services and complete Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly CRB) and Ofsted checks (we will guide you through the process to do this). Any member of staff can give you further details and we also try to provide updates and meeting dates in the letters we send home. We are very keen to involve as many parents as possible in the running of the Pre-School. Joining the Committee does not have to mean a hefty time commitment; any contributions you can make are very welcome. The Pre-School can only operate if there are enough parents willing to join the Committee. The Chairperson of the Committee is Simon Owen.

You can see the dates for upcoming Committee Meetings here. We would encourage as many parents as possible to please come along and join us for a meeting to learn more about the workings of the Committee and to help make important decisions about how the Pre-School is run. Meetings take place at Pre-School at 7pm.

Simon Owen, Committee Chairperson

Fundraising and the Friends of Flying Start

One important function of the Committee is to organise fundraising events to supplement the Pre-School income and to allow us to buy new equipment and to pay for staff training. Any help or ideas parents can give for fundraisers will be gratefully received. If you have any suggestions, please email them to chairperson@flying-start.org.uk or talk to a member of staff.

Shop online and raise funds

easyfundraising is a shopping directory listing some of the UK’s favourite online stores including Marks and Spencer, Argos, Next, Debenhams, John Lewis, Toys R Us, HMV and over 2,000 others. If you use the links on the easyfundraising site whenever you shop online and, at no extra cost to you, the Pre-School will receive a free donation of up to 15% from every purchase you make. It really is that simple!

It’s completely free to register and you won’t pay a penny more for your shopping when you use the easyfundraising site. In fact you can even save money as many retailers offer discounts, special offers and even ‘e-vouchers’ exclusive to easyfundraising.

If you shop online anyway then why not raise valuable extra funds for us by using this fantastic scheme. All you need to do is visit http://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/peasmarshflyingstart and when you register, select Peasmarsh Flying Start Pre-School as the organisation you wish to support.