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Pre-school Committee

Pre-school is run by a voluntary committee of parents and carers.  The Committee is responsible for setting pre-school's policies, managing and engaging staff, fundraising and organising social events.  It is not responsible for day-to-day operations: that responsibility lies with the staff.  The Committee meets half-termly, in the evenings usually from 8pm onwards at a member's house.  The way we run ourselves as a committee is governed by our Constitution which is on the notice board outside pre-school. 

Being a member of the pre-school committee is an enjoyable and worthwhile experience, giving you as a parent/ carer 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 committee member.  Our Annual General Meeting is held in the Autumn term and this is when the committee for the following year is elected.  Parents/ carers will be informed in good time so they are able to attend.

Good communication between the Committee and staff is crucial to the smooth running of Pre-school and so at least one member of staff attends each Committee meeting.  One Committee member (currently the chair) is designated as staff liaison officer and meets regularly with staff to discuss curricular planning, up and coming events and any problems that might occur.

Polices and Procedures

Running a pre-school requires planning and that is governed by our Policies & Procedures and Operational Plan which are reviewed annually with regard to OFSTED recommendations and with help from the Pre-school Learning Alliance (PLA).  Pre-school is a member of the PLA, which is a support network that provides all registered pre-schools with help and advice for all areas of work - from planning children's activities to writing business plans.  All policies and procedures are written and reviewed annually with input from staff and parents.

Pre-school's Policies and Procedures are very important because they make clear for committee members, staff, volunteers and parents, the principles which pre-school works towards achieving.  Our Policies and Procedures aim to reflect OFSTED's national standards whilst serving as a constant reminder of the standards our pre-school is working to achieve.

Listed below is the full list of Needingworth Community Pre-schoolÂ’s policies and procedures which are all available to view in detail in the pre-school cloakroom:

Needingworth Community Pre-school Policies and Procedures

Section 1.0 Child Protection
    1.1 Children's rights and entitlements
    1.2 Safeguarding Children & Child Protection
    1.3 Looked After Children
    1.4 Uncollected child
    1.5 Missing Child
    1.6 Online Safety (including phones and cameras)
    1.7 Social networking and blogs
    1.8 Intimate care
    1.9 Whistleblowing

Section 2.0 Suitable People
    2.1 Employment
    2.2 Student placements
    2.3 Recruitment of ex-offenders

Section 3.0 Staff Qualifications, Training, Support and Skills
    3.1 Induction of staff, volunteers and managers
    3.2 First aid

Section 4.0 Key Person
    4.1 The role of the key person and settling-in

Section 5.0 Staff:Child Ratios
    5.1 Staffing

Section 6.0 Health
    6.1 Administering medicines
    6.2 Managing children who are sick, infectious, or with Allergies
    6.3 Recording and reporting of accidents and incidents
    6.4 Nappy changing
    6.5 Food and drink
    6.6 Food hygiene
    6.9 Sun protection

Section 7.0 Managing Behaviour
    7.1 Achieving positive behavior

Section 8.0 Safety and Suitability of Premises, Environment and Equipment
    8.1 Health and general standards
    8.2 Maintaining children's safety and security on premises
    8.3 Supervision of children on outings and visits
    8.4 Risk assessment
    8.5 Fire safety and emergency evacuation
    8.6 Animals in the setting
    8.7 No-smoking
    8.10 Staff personal safety including home visits
    8.11 Bad Weather
    8.12 Equipment and resources
    8.13 Unacceptable Behaviour

Section 9.0 Equal Opportunities
    9.1 Valuing diversity and promoting equality
    9.2 Supporting children with special educational needs
    9.3 British Values

Section 10.0 Information and Records
    10.2 Admissions
    10.5 Parental involvement
    10.6 Children's records
    10.7 Providers records
    10.8 Transfer of records to school
    10.9 Confidentiality and client access to records
    10.10 Information sharing
    10.11 Working in partnership with other agencies
    10.12 Making a complaint
    10.16 Fees
    10.17 Disclosure information

Operational Plan

The Operational Plan is the business plan of Pre-school which details our medium, short and long-term aims and objectives as well as our day to day practice.  It includes the policies and procedures, fundraising plans and strategies devised to protect Pre-school as a going concern.


Raising funds for Pre-school is a vitally important part of the Committee's work.  Pre-school's running costs are covered by fees and government grants. Any equipment and resources we need such as toys, books and computers are paid from funds raised by the Committee.  Large purchases or changes to the room are paid by grant funding where it can be sourced. In order to raise as much money as we can, a Sub-committee is formed to meet however often it decides is necessary to organise our fundraising events.


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Mill Way, Needingworth, St Ives, Cambs, PE27 4TF, U.K.
Tel: +44 (0)1480 464201; +44 (0)7814 856446
Registered charity No. 1005511