Our Committee


Chairperson:  Jacqui Lewis
Has been in post since May 2013.  Her child attended Acorn and now attends Mighty Oaks

Treasurer: Phillipa Race
Has been in post since October 2014 and has been a member of the Committee since 2013.  Her 2 children have attended Acorn and Mighty Oaks.

Secretary: Karen Barnes
Has been in post since October 2015 and has been a member of the Committee since 2014.

Health & Safety: Emily Donovan
Has been in post since October 2015 and has been a member of the Committee since January 2013. Her eldest child attended Acorn previously and she currently has 2 children attending

Staff Member: Emma Winrow

General / Fundraising member:
Amanda Smith
Terese Redmond-Bond
Sam Rouse
Caroline Tudge
Lianne Rowlett

Constitution
We are governed by a legally binding constitution. It is our governing document. Please do read it. It is a fairly dry document but it explains how the committee MUST operate.

Charity Commission
We are registered with the charity commission. Our Charity Number is 1042353.

OFSTED
We are registered with OFSTED, our OFSTED number is EY371758

Pre-School Learning Alliance
We are a member and our membership number is 1580.

Meetings
We hold around 10 Meetings a year.  We look to hold open meetings throughout the year, for all parents to attend. We hold an Annual General Meeting in May each year, to which all parents and the local community are invited.

ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Management Committee
  • FINANCES
  • Chairperson
  • Treasurer
  • Secretary
  • Health & Safety Officer
  • General Members
  • are collectively responsible for managing Acorn Pre-School & The Mighty Oaks.
  • Must be transparent and accountable
  • must appoint a Chair, a Secretary, a Treasurer and a Health and Safety Officer. The people holding these positions must be CRB checked and approved by OFSTED.
  • must be aware of and comply with current legislation.
  • must support and comply with the aims, principles and policies of Acorn Pre-School & The Mighty Oaks.
  • must act in accordance with the terms of the constitution.
  • must do their best to ensure the financial stability of Acorn Pre-School & The Mighty Oaks.
  • must try and recruit future members.
  • Committee members are responsible for organising, preparing and supporting fundraising events.

Acorn Pre-School & The Mighty Oaks committee, do employ an administrator who also deals with the day to day finances and accounts.

As a charity and not-for-profit organisation, all our finance is used for the benefit of the children who attend. However, we do hold a contingency fund in line with charity law.

Volunteers are welcome to claim back relevant and legitimate expenses authorised by the Committee Chair / Manager.

We hold a variety of fundraising events each year, new suggestions are always welcome. Committee members are responsible for organising, preparing, supporting fundraising events.

Ensure roles, duties and legal obligations are understood and adhered to. Ensure compliance with national standards. Ensure budgets, business or operational plans are prepared, adhered to and kept under review. To be the principle liaison with staff and other external organisations. To be the driving force behind fundraising activities.

To be a signatory on the bank account. To work with the Administrator, Manager and Chairperson to prepare and set budgets, oversea financial reporting and to be a watchdog over all aspects of financial management. Assist with fundraising.

To arrange and administer meetings in conjunction with the Chairperson, circulating papers prior to meeting, draft minutes, ensure meetings are properly governed and letter writing. Assist with fundraising

To attend school and review the accident and incident book and to complete the health and safety checklist at required intervals. Assist with fundraising.

To support the officers, carry out executive duties for special events and fundraising activities, propose activities, new policies and any other matters. To work in partnership with staff and support their professional expertise.