Banwell Buddies Management Committee

As we are a charity, we are required to have a Management Committee to oversee the running of Banwell Buddies. We elected a new committee at our AGM in July 2018. Our next AGM will be in January 2020.

Our Committee is made up of parents who give their time for free. If you would be interested in joining our Committee please send an email to: [email protected] or speak to a member of staff. You can join at any time during the year.

Emma's outgoing Chairs report. July 2018.

Welcome everyone and thanks for coming. We appreciate your support. We’ll keep the meeting as brief as possible, but there are various procedures that we have to go through in order to comply with committee regulations.

We’ve seen a number of changes this year, particularly with staffing, and we’re so proud of our team now and how they’ve weathered these changes. Rather than see them as a negative they’ve embraced the opportunities for learning and growth and the team we have now are very positive and dedicated, and a joy to work with!

We are very pleased with how well Tapestry has enhanced the learning and growth of your children whilst they are at the setting and how much easier it has made the transition of information over to the school for all those who were starting Reception in September. We hope that those of you who already have access to it have enjoyed it as much as we have and found that it has helped keep you up-to-date with your child’s learning. If there is anyone who hasn’t managed to get online, there are some staff here tonight who can help you through the process if you’d like them to.

We’ve publicly spoken about the current political situation and how it is currently hitting the early years sector very hard. There is an open letter that I wrote to the community a few months ago on Facebook if anyone wants to go back and find it. We won’t go into any more detail now, but I do want to say how lucky we are to still be open. The current figures held by Ofsted for North Somerset are that 34% of the listed childcare settings have had to close recently. It’s a testing time, and we’re weathering the changes, but it’s not easy. We’re having to be more creative and flexible than ever before, but we are determined to keep this setting open for our community. We’re not simply coasting or hanging on either! We’re constantly striving to maintain high standards and move onwards and upwards, as well as hold on to our core values and be a family-orientated place for your children to feel safe while they grow and learn.

In our next year we are considering moving from a committee-led setting to a Community Interest Company. We need more information first, but this is something we will be looking into in greater detail this coming year. If this happens we will still continue to involve parents and families by establishing a ‘Friends of’ group that can continue to be involved and fundraise, much like the school does. But not having to have a committee as a necessity will give us more time to concentrate on preschool itself.

I would like to thank all the staff for their dedication and hard work to make this the setting that it is. I would also like to thank the members of the committee for all the time that they have given up for meetings and fundraising! In particular I’d like to thank Vikki for all the years she has put in, and Julia for her dedication to her Secretary role, as well as our committee members that are staying on next year. And of course, thank you to all our families, particularly those of you here today as without you, we wouldn’t be able to open!

Emma Allen. 2nd July 2018.