Parental Involvement

We aim to make your time at pre-school a sociable experience, so regularly organise coffee mornings and evenings out. Naturally, many parents and carers are curious as to what a session involves at pre-school and with this in mind, we organise Open Mornings at Harvest and Easter to give existing parents and carers a chance to attend a session and join in craft activities, chat with the staff and other parents, and to enjoy some delicious cake!  Please keep an eye on the calendar for the exact dates and times.

Although the staff team plans and runs the sessions and training, the overall management and control of Christ Church Pre-School rests with the parents’ management committee, so relies on the help of a motivated set of parents to volunteer their services. Being on the committee is a great way of getting to know other parents and of gaining a better understanding of how your child’s setting works.

There are 8 posts usually, although there is always room for more fundraisers should you wish to join! The posts are:

  • Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Communication & Ents
  • Banker
  • Fundraiser
  • Librarian
  • Health & Safety

The chair of the committee oversees the smooth running of the pre-school, a thoroughly rewarding post. This year’s incumbent is Fiona Lee, mum of Ben, her second child to come through Christ Church Pre-School.

If you are interested in getting involved, please speak to any member of the committee at any time. You might want to join the committee, or just help out the fundraiser, bake cakes for open mornings or end of term events or help with the weekly library. The Pre-School Learning Alliance highlights that “research shows that when parents are actively involved in their child’s learning and development, children gain and benefit greatly from this. Volunteering for the setting’s committee gives parents an ideal opportunity to be involved in what their child is learning, to help shape the future of the setting and to develop new skills.”

The staff-parent relationship is highly valued at Christ Church, so twice a year we hold parent consultations to give feedback on your child’s progress, and parents of the rising-5’s are asked to complete a feedback questionnaire in the final half term before the children leave for school.

Ofsted say:

‘Staff build good partnerships with parents and carers to help provide the best start for children. For example, they share information about children’s progress and help parents find ways to support their children’s learning at home.’

‘Parents comment they are very happy with the care and learning their children receive.’